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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26 March 1944; Kearney 13 April 1944; Grenier 29 April 1944. Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-M] Snetterton Heath 3 May 1944. Had been assigned to Pilot Jack L. Hodson and was destroyed by enemy aircraft on the ground at Poltava, in the Soviet Union on 21 June 1944. Salvaged 1 July 1944.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron


  • Jack Hodson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    assigned May 1944


  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.


  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Poltava

    Military site : airfield


Not yet known


Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 19:19:32 kstrykerAK Changes to unit associations and mission associations

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey Ward, Second Edition with Errata & Supplemental Information, Taylor Publishing, 1996. pages 285, 293

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2016 14:47:58 ED-BB Changes to place associations

Associated place (Poltava)

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2016 14:46:58 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Added photo

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log