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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/43; Salina 5/3/43; Gore 8/3/43; Tinker 19/3/43; Morrison 31/3/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 2/4/43; transferred 368BS/306BG [BO-N] Thurleigh 20/5/43; on training mission with Max Judas, Co-pilot: Jim Cummings, Bombardier: Ed Seifried, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Leland Kessler, Radio Operator: Joe Graziano, Waist gunner: Lou Hlavac, Waist gunner: Gerald Stroud,Tail gunner: Elwood Brontzman (8 Returned to Duty); at very low altitude aircraft crash landed Dunsby, near Spalding, Lincs.; Salvaged 21/5/43.



  • Maxwell Judas

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member of the group. He was assigned to Otto Buddenbaum crew. ...

  • Leland Kessler

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 6 September 1942 while serving as Ball Turret Gunner aboard B-17F 41-24516 'Meltin' Pot' the aircraft lost 2 engines off Londonderry after flight from Newfoundland and was ditched off of Magilligan Point, Northern Ireland. The aircraft came down in...


  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log