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44-8588

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27/10/44; Hunter 9/12/44; Grenier 22/12/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-E] Bassingbourn 23/1/45; 324BS [DF-E]; transferred 369BS/306BG Thurleigh 24/5/45; with Col Immanuel Klette led 91st BG on the last mission of war, Klette’s 91st sortie, the highest in the 8AF, also the highest with 73 as formation leader; Salvaged 9AF Germany 7/11/46; KLETTE'S WILD HARES.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 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
  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Immanuel Klette

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    "One of the fliers who made it back from Pilsen [final 8th A.F. combat mission of the War] defined the uncrushable spirit of the air force that helped bring Germany to ruin. Twenty-seven-year-old Lt. Col. Immanuel 'Manny' Klette, son of a Lutheran...

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 27 October 1944

Delivered Cheyenne AAF.

Assigned Thurleigh, UK 24 May 1945

Transferred to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2021 14:08:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and person associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/44-8588-klettes-wild-hares/

Date Contributor Update
13 July 2021 17:27:16 acbernstein1 Changes to markings
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/nose_artists/busa.html

Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 15:25:22 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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