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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/2/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-N] Rougham 28/4/43; battle damaged Emden 21/5/43 with Willard Roemke, (10 Returned to Duty); force landed Nth Weald, Ex.; Salvaged 6/7/43 due to battle damage. HELNO GAL. Sustained heavy battle damage over Emden on May 31, 1943.



  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • Walter Ram

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Prisoner of War (POW). Read more about Walter Ram here:

  • William Roemke

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #42-29957 'Helno Gal II'. Plane crashed into Channel. Killed in Action (KIA).


  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...


  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY 3 February 1943
Assigned Rougham Airfield, UK 28 April 1943


Force Landed RAF North Weald 21 May 1943


Date Contributor Update
03 December 2020 18:13:36 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events and mission associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
13 March 2020 03:02:14 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Removed a connection to it's own tail number.

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2017 00:17:51 Walter Changes to description

Walter Ram

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2017 00:15:52 Walter Changes to media associations

Walter Ram

Date Contributor Update
06 November 2017 23:24:56 Walter Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings, aircraft associations and unit associations

Walter Ram, Jr. My father was the radio operator on this B-17.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:34 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log