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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/43; Pueblo 28/3/43; Presque Is 9/4/43; Assigned 510BS/351BG [TU-L] Polebrook 17/4/43; 39m 2 BAD Warton 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 7/6/44; Hendricks 9/8/44; Rapid City 12/9/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 14/12/45. THE DUCHESS.



  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron


  • Clark (William Gable

    Military | Major | Cameraman, Gunner, Actor | 303rd Bomb Group
    Clark Gable flew at least 5 missions as Captain filming 50,000 ft of gunnery combat during 1943. He received the Air Medal for his service. 1 mission was flown with the 303rd BG. The rest were with the 351st BG in different aircraft. The film was named...

  • David Palmer

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Edward Piech

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 351st Bomb Group
    As a B-17 bombardier, Edward C. Piech completed twenty-five missions during the darkest days of the Eighth Air Force’s campaign against Nazi Germany. ...


  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
06 January 2022 09:40:35 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations and person associations

Date Contributor Update
25 May 2021 18:59:27 Douglas P Changes to production block number and manufacturer

Date Contributor Update
16 October 2020 19:14:20 jmoore43 Changes to nicknames

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.

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

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