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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 9/12/43; Kearney 22/12/43; Prestwick 16/1/44; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-F] Polebrook 30/1/44; {90m} 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 28/5/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 19/6/44; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 6/12/45.



  • Winfield Haynes

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Jockel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | armorer Gunner 612 | 351st Bomb Group

  • John Mernagh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Flew 50 missions from 22 December 1943 to 1 February 1945. Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/ 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation.

  • Einer Petersen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Einer Petersen served as pilot and co-pilot with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS out of Polebrook, England. 25 missions. His original crew finished their tours before Petersen. At the day of his death October 7th 1944 he was assigned as pilot to aircraft B...

  • Robert Schlader

    Military | Staff Sergeant | LWG/TG (left waist gunner/tail gunner) | 351st Bomb Group
    Robert Laverne Schlader was born March 2, 1925, at Cresco, Iowa, the son of Virgil and Gladys (McCarville) Schlader. He graduated from the Floyd Consolidated School. Bob served in the AAF during WWII as a LWG/TG on a B-17 with 38 missions over Germany....

  • James Theys

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 351st Bomb Group


  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log