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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 14-May-43; Kearney 30-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 2-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Horham 15-Jun-43; on Munster raid 10-Oct-43 with Bill Owen, Radio Operator: Sgt Cain WIA in throat, but rescued by RAF ASR, but ship limped home safely; LIBERTY BELLE; then PATCHES; 45m, transferred 2SAD Lt Staughton 18-May-44; Salvaged n/battle damaged 23-Jun-44.



  • 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
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot


  • Ellsworth Beans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 482nd Bomb Group
    Flew on first daylight bombing raid to Berlin 4 Mar 1944.

  • Robert Bessette

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 85BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Edward Komurka and Edmund Barraclough crews. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Lloyd Cain

    Military | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA. 10 Oct 1943. B-17 #42-3022

  • John Gardner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Max Gottlieb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Flew with Thomas Batcha, Richard Robinson, Edward Komurka crews. Failed to Return (FTR) Solingen in B-17 42-3317 'The Spirit of '76' 30-Nov-43; hit by flak in starboard wing, baled out. Evaded...

  • William Owen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Richard Read

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters near Quakenbruck on a mission to Klein Machnow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 in B-17G #42-39793. Prisoner of War (POW). POW


  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...


  • 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,...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


Event Location Date
Combat casualty Münster, Germany 10 October 1943

Munster raid 10/10/43 with William V Owen, Radio Operator: Sgt Lloyd C Cain WIA in throat, but contacted RAF ASR), but ship limped home safely.

Transferred Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 18 May 1944

Transferred No 2 Strategic Air Depot Lt Staughton 18/5/44.

Salvaged 23 June 1944

Salvaged non battle damaged 23/6/44.


Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 22:04:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to description

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2015. Edited Description changed dates to military-style signification.

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 21:11:45 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:28 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log