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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/11/43; Gt Falls 10/11/43; Gr Island 26/11/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG Tortorella 31/12/43 (first G in sqd); 29m transferred 20BS/2BG Amendola 28/3/44; Missing in Action (95m) Moravska Ostrova, Czech. 29/8/44 with Bob McCloskey, Navigator: Willard Netzley, Bombardier: John Curran, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Jones (4 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Harry Helveston(died next day in German hospital), Bombardier: John Curran, Radio Operator: Edwin Everett, Ball turret gunner: Luther Durrette, Waist gunner: Chas Munden, Waist gunner: Harry Schirmer,Tail gunner: Elmer Pruitt (6 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed Bohmen, Czech; Missing Air Crew Report 8109. MY BABY.



  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...

  • 99th Bomb Group

    99th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor...

  • 20th Bomb Squadron
  • 347th Bomb Squadron



Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne Modification Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 5 November 1943
Assigned Tortorella, Italy 31 December 1943

99 BG
347 BS

Transferred Amendola Airfield, Italy 28 March 1944

2 BG
20 BS

Manufactured Bohmen, Czech Republic


Date Contributor Update
12 March 2019 18:32:24 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:38 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log