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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 301BG Westover 8/9/42; instead of assignment to 12AF, Italy transferred to Chelveston 16/9/42; 813BS/305BG Grafton Underwood/Chelveston 25/11/42, sent to pathfinder base RAF Wyton of installation of Oboe Mk I radar equipment; 325BS/92BG [NV-F] Podington 24/4/43; 813BS/482BG Alconbury 25/8/43 4m; Returned to the USA Eglin 11/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 19/12/45.



  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron
  • 813th Bomb Squadron


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Assigned Westover, AL, USA 8 September 1942

Assigned 301BG Westover.

Transferred Chelveston, Wellingborough NN9, UK 16 September 1942

Transferred to Chelveston.

Transferred Grafton Underwood NN14, UK 25 November 1942

Transferred to 813BS, 305BG, 8AF.

Detached for equipment upgrade RAF Wyton, Wyton Airfield, Huntingdon PE28 2EA, UK 1943

Sent to pathfinder base RAF Wyton of installation of Oboe Mk I radar equipment.

Transferred Podington, Wellingborough NN29, UK 24 February 1943

Transferred to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF.

Transferred RAF Alconbury, Royal Air Force, Alconbury, Huntingdon PE28 4DD, UK 25 August 1943

Transferred to 813BS, 482BG, 8AF. Completed 4 x missions.

Returned to ZI Eglin AFB, FL 32542, USA 11 June 1944

Returned to the Zone of the Interior USA Eglin AAF.

Scrapped Walnut Ridge, AR, USA 19 December 1945

Scrapped Walnut Ridge.


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2016 11:10:30 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2016 22:37:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest

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