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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 419BS/301BG Westover 8/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; from Bovingdon to Burtonwood on exercise; landing gear failed & crash landed Newmarket 3/10/42; with Clement Bird, Co-pilot: Bob Elking, Navigator: Don Thwaites, Bombardier: Jim Guy, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: E.A. Neumann, Radio Operator: RIch Koch, Ball turret gunner: Chas Foster, Waist gunner: Ken Higgins, Waist gunner: Art Steffans, passengers:- Capt W.P. Bireley, Lt F. Billings, (11 Returned to Duty); Salvaged. HITLER’S HEARSE.



  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 19:33:22 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames

Added the nickname mentioned in the A/C “Description”.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log