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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 26/2/44; Rapid City 2/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 338BS/96BG [BX-B] Snetterton 2/5/44; destroyed by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Tom Booth 21/6/44; Salvaged 1/7/44. GYPSY GIRL.



  • 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. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron


  • William Clayton

    Military | Sergeant | 96th Bomb Group
    newly assigned May 1944

  • Harold Ostrander

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    assigned as new crew may 1944

  • Hjalmer Stenseth

    Military | Second Lieutenant | pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned May 1944. 20 June 1944 "Gypsy Girl" lost an engine over the North Sea just before Heligoland. Angry at having to abort the long haul elected to become a one-plane task force trying to achieve something. . It something NaziÉ"


  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 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.


  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • 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


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Date Contributor Update
29 May 2020 19:59:42 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations, person 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 158, 161, 293

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:15 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log