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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 12/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; flew group's first mission 5/9/42; Tafaraoui 26/11/42; as MICKEY FINN 11m; transferred 32BS and renamed SPECIAL DELIVERY II total 79m; Returned to the USA Rapid City 398BG (training) 10/11/43; Written off 20/10/44.

Assigned to the 352nd Bomb squadron at Westover, this B17F was initially named as "Mickey Finn" and flew eleven missions from Chelveston bearing that name. Lt Walter A Williams flew the Fort on the 301BG's first combat sortie to Rouen on 5th September 1942. When the group redeployed to Tafaraoui in North Africa, #418 was transferred into 32BS and re-named as "Special Delivery II" after the originally named Fort suffered flak damage in mid December and was scrapped.

Sixty-eight more missions were completed before "Special Delivery II" was considered "War Weary" and sent back to the USA proudly sporting at least eight swastikas for fighter kills. Here it was used to train the seemingly endless line of fledgling aircrews at Rapid City AAB, including men destined for service with 398BG. In October 1944, it was deemed worn out and written off.



  • 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...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 352nd Bomb Squadron
  • 32nd Bomb Squadron


  • VIII Bomber Command 9

    5 September 1942
    15BS despatches 12 DB-7 A-20 bombers to attack the port area of Le Harve, France. 1st mission for 15BS under 8th AF control; 97BG & 301BG attack the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen/ Sotteville, France.


  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Washington, USA 1942

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned Westover Air Reserve Base, 57 Patriot Ave, Chicopee, MA 01022, USA 12 July 1942

Assigned to 352BS, 301BG 8AF Westover 12-Jul-42.

Moved to ETO Chelveston, Wellingborough NN9, UK 9 August 1942

Moved to ETO with 352BS, 301BG 8AF.

Moved to MTO Tafraoui, Algeria 26 November 1942

Moved to MTO with 32BS, 301BG 8AF.

Returned to Zone of the Interior Rapid City, SD, USA 10 November 1943

Returned to the USA with 398BG training crews for ETO.

Written off Rapid City, SD, USA 20 October 1944

Written off and scrapped 20-Oct-44.


Date Contributor Update
17 January 2017 23:02:52 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and mission associations

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log