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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 14/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-Q] in US; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-H] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 14/8/43; transferred Aphrodite Project 803BS RCM Knettishall 1/44; Missing in Action - Heligoland submarine pens targeted, missed target due to poor weather conditions 15/10/44. with Lts R Betts & M Garvin [2 x RTD]; LIBERTY BELLE.



  • 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. ...

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 337th Bomb Squadron
  • 554th Bomb Squadron
  • 803rd Bomb Squadron
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot


  • Alfred Nuttall

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Group Operations Officer/Squadron Commander | 384th Bomb Group
    Original 544th BS CO, member of original cadre to form squadron. ...


  • 678

    15 October 1944


  • Abbots Ripton

    Military site : non-airfield
    Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail,...

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • 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...

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA March 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Francis E Warren Air Force Base Heliport, Cheyenne Rd, Francis E. Warren AFB, WY 82005, USA 2 April 1943

Delivered to USAAF. Cheyenne Field 2/4/43.

Assigned Dow St, Bellevue, NE 68123, USA 24 May 1943

Assigned 337th BS, 96th BG in US. Dow Field.

Transferred Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 29 May 1943

Transferred 544th BS, 384th BG Grafton Underwood 29/5/43.

Transferred Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 14 August 1943

Transferred to 2nd Strategic Air Depot Lt Staughton 14/8/43.

Transferred Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK January 1944

Transferred Aphrodite Project 803rd BS RCM Knettishall 1/44.

Crashed Heligoland, Germany 15 October 1944

Missing in Action - Heligoland submarine pens targeted, missed target due to poor weather conditions 15/10/44. Command crew Lts R Betts & M Garvin baled out over UK.


Date Contributor Update
08 January 2016 13:58:22 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

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