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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne Mod Cen 24/6/42; originally slated RAF as [FA685] ; Assigned 92BG Bovingdon /6/42 as PALE FACE; 342BS/97BG Polebrook /8/42; Maison Blanche 20/11/42; 103m, the first MTO B-17 to complete 100 missions, including participation on first night mission to Rouen, Fr.; Returned to the USA Eglin 12/10/43; was due to return to Boeing but shot down as a drone before paperwork completed. BERLIN SLEEPER II.



  • Frank Cranz

    Military | Captain | Pilot B-17 (Flying Fortress) | 97th Bomb Group
    Frank was born in San Francisco in 1918, but grew up in Glendale, California (CA). He joined up in March 1942 and graduated as an Aviation Cadet from the Army Flying School at Victorville, California, in October. The crew he was to fly with for the...

  • Woodford Thompson

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Woodford Ross "Tommy" Thompson, Jr. Bombardier on B-17F "Berlin Sleeper II" A/C 41-24370, 97th BG, 342nd Sqdn, 1942-1943, completed 50 missions from England and North Africa


  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


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Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 18:50:23 JoCarter Changes to nicknames

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log