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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/2/43; Tinker 10/3/43; Duncan 31/3/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-C] Alconbury 3/4/43; mission to Hamburg 26/7/43 with Bob Campbell [severely WIA], Co-pilot: John Morgan, Navigator: Keith Koske, Bombardier: Asa Irwin, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Tyre Weaver [WIA], Radio Operator: ?, Ball turret gunner: Jim Ford, rest-?; force landed RAF Foulsham; rep, Podington 11/9/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-C] Kimbolton 19/9/43; AFSC 7/4/44; Returned to the USA 27/4/44; Spokane 6/12/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 30/7/45. (cp-Morgan earned MOH for bringing ship home virtually with one arm while holding injured pilot back from controls. RUTHIE II.



  • 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...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Campbell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA). He was hit in the back of the head and killed. The co-pilot had to hold him off the controls before someone from the crew could get to the front to check on them. They were under heavy attack. A shell had entered from the right...

  • Asa Irwin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 12 August 1943 in B-17 #42-29945. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Keith Koske

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • John Morgan

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 482nd Bomb Group
    John Morgan served as a co-pilot with the 482nd Bomb Group. On 26 July 1943, he flew damaged B-17 #42-29802 back to base after pilot was seriously injured and aircraft was badly damaged. For over 2 hours he flew it one handed because he had to hold the...

  • Eugene Ponte

    Military | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

  • Tyre Weaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    On 26 July 43 Sergeant Weaver's plane, B-17 42-29802, was hit by German Fighters, there was a loud explosion on top of the plane and Weaver dropped near the navigator Keith Koske, with his arm blown off at the shoulder. ...


  • 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....

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


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Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 18:01:16 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations

Added connections to 326th BS & 92nd BG.

Date Contributor Update
18 January 2020 17:56:11 jmoore43 Changes to description

Added a space(s) to the "Summary biography" for readability.

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2020 20:43:09 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames

Added the plane's nickname.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log