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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 9/3/43; Memphis 8/4/43; Presque Is 1/5/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Framlingham 11/6/43; 2m, battle damaged over Kiel 13/6/43 with Don Eastling, Ball turret gunner: Ernie Cropper[wia],Tail gunner: Rich Bell[wia] (10 Returned to Duty). Salvaged Alconbury depot 14/6/43 CARBONDALE SPECIAL.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • Richard Bell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA B-17 #42-29919 'Carbondale Special' June 13, 1943 suffered bomb damage and injuries to BTG and TG.

  • Ernest Cropper

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA. B-17 #42-29919 'Carbondale Special' June 13, 1943 suffered bomb damage and injuries to BTG and TG.

  • Donald Eastling

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    B-17 #42-29919 'Carbondale Special' June 13, 1943 suffered bomb damage and injuries to BTG and TG. Aug 17, 1943, piloted 'Wee Bonnie' B17 42-30185


  • 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...

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Combat damaged Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 13 June 1943

Battle damaged over Kiel 13/6/43. Ball turret gunner: Ernie Cropper[WIA],Tail gunner: Rich Bell[WIA] (10 Returned to Duty). Pilot Lt Don Eastling.

Salvaged Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 14 June 1943

Salvaged Alconbury depot 14/6/43


Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 20:50:32 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:24 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log