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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-A] Westover 8/42; Thurleigh 13/10/42; wrecked 21/10/42 RAF Sutton Bridge, Cambs. with Wilson, life raft latch broke loose and raft tangled round horizontal stabilizer, rep; transferred 482BG Alconbury 22/8/43; 379BG Kimbolton 27/3/44; Returned to the USA 22/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/10/46.



  • Mack McKay

    Military | Major | Pilot ; Squadron Commander | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Strong notes that CPT. McKay was transferred to the 368th as a squadron leader prior to May 1. The previous summer, he and a Lt. Felts buzzed the Queen Elizabeth in their new B-17Fs. Strong has several accounts of McKay s


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Assigned Westover AAF, MA August 1942


Damaged/Force Landing RAF Sutton Bridge 21 October 1942

life raft broke loose and damaged horizontal stabilizer.

Assigned RAF Alconbury 22 August 1943

Transferred to:

Assigned Kimbolton Airfield, UK 27 March 1944

379th BG


Date Contributor Update
01 October 2020 20:05:32 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events and media associations
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log