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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 92BG Bangor 13/7/42; transferred 414BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; Maison Blanche, Alg. 13/11/42; Tafaraoui, Alg. 22/11/42; Biskra, Alg. 25/12/42; on Tunis mission was rammed by Me109G 1/2/43 almost slicing rear fuselage and tail of plane off; made it back to Biskra and repaired; transferred 353BS/301BG 3m St Donat 6/3/43; Oudna, Tun 6/8/43; Cerignola, It. 7/12/43; Lucera, It. 1/2/44; Salvaged 6/3/45. ALL AMERICAN.

1-Feb-43 Crew:
Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr, Copilot- G. Boyd Jr, Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle, Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge, Engineer- Joe C. James, Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway, Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda, Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk, Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus, Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland.



  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 353rd Bomb Squadron
  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • Kendrick Bragg

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 97th Bomb Group
    Flew the B-17 'All American ' that had its tail left hanging by an ME109 and flew it safely back to base. The song 'On a Wing and a Prayer' was dedicated to Lt. Bragg for his daring deed. 97th became part of the 15th AF in 1943. This incident happened...

  • Ralph Burbridge

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Flew on the B-17 'All-American' Plane - a picture of it was one of the most famous of WW II where the German fighter almost cut it in half. ...

  • Elton Conda

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

  • Paul Galloway

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

  • Joseph James

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer/Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

  • Harry Nuessle

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 97th Bomb Group

  • Sam Sarpolus

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 97th Bomb Group

  • Michael Zuk

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 97th Bomb Group


  • 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...

  • Lucera

    Military site : airfield

  • Biskra

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Assigned Polebrook, Peterborough PE8 5LN, UK June 1942

Transferred 414BS, 97BG Polebrook Jun-42.

Delivered Bangor, ME 04401, USA 13 July 1942

Bangor, Maine, 13-Jul-42. Assigned to 92BG.

Combat damaged / mid air collision Biskra, Algeria 1 February 1943

On Tunis mission was rammed by Me109G 1-Feb-43 almost slicing rear fuselage and tailplane off; made it back to Biskra.

Assigned Saint Donat, Tadjenanet, Algeria 6 March 1943

Transferred 353BS/301BG St Donat 6-Mar-43.

Salvaged 71036 Lucera, Province of Foggia, Italy 6 March 1945

Salvaged 6-Mar-45 Lucera, Italy


Date Contributor Update
18 May 2022 11:33:55 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2021 21:04:50 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

Added an association to Biskra, Algeria, the home base for the BG when "All American" was rammed by the German plane.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2020 13:41:31 phil marchese Changes to unit associations

Maurer; ...Combat Units

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2019 16:54:10 jmoore43 Changes to person associations

Added connections to crem members listed for A/C 41-24406.

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2019 21:37:04 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added spaces in desription for readability.

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2017 19:03:28 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events and unit associations

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log