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44-8471

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/9/44; Hunter 31/10/44; Dow Fd 8/11/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-C] H2X Bassingbourn 11/11/44; 26+m transferred 368BS/306BG Thurleigh 5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 30/7/46. FRANKIE FROM DIXIE aka TOWER OF LONDON. (Christened by Lord Mayor.)

Service

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • 368th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA 1944

Built at Vega.

Delivered Cheyenne AAF, WY 21 September 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 21-Sep-44.

Assigned Bassingbourn, UK 11 November 1944

Assigned 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Thurleigh, UK May 1945

Transferred to 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 May 2022 18:28:33 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events and unit associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2021 13:56:36 acbernstein1 Changes to nicknames
Sources

AAMIB

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2017 17:01:54 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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