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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/43; Smoky Hill 1/6/43; Gr Isle 5/6/43; Dow Fd 1/7/43; Assigned 338BS/96BG Snetterton 4/7/43 RUTH L III; transferred RCM 388BG project Aphrodite Knettishall; Missing in Action Hemmingstadt 14/9/44 with Lts M. Hardy & E. Hadley, bailed out over Suffolk coast (2 Returned to Duty)..



  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 338th Bomb Squadron



  • 632

    14 September 1944


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Assigned Snetterton, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 4 July 1943

Assigned to 338th BS, 96th BG, 8AF.

Transferred Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK July 1944

Transferred RCM 388th BG project Aphrodite.

Crashed Hemmingstedt, Germany 14 September 1944

On Aphrodite mission to Hemmingstadt 14/9/44. Command crew baled out over Suffolk coast.


Date Contributor Update
07 January 2016 19:53:24 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log