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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 3/1/44; Kearney 28/1/44; Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 9/2/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-G] Horham; 89m, on night navigation training mission 6/11/44 left u/c collapsed on landing with Warren Helm, Co-pilot: Maurice Londer, Navigator: Paul Trylko, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jim Cleary, Radio Operator: George Koch, passenger on board - Don Longworth, salvaged 9/11/44. ABLE MABEL.



  • 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. ...

  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...

  • 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...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron


  • James Cleary

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Alvin Duncan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (6 x Battle Stars).

  • Ernest Erickson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    An Aviator's Dream: The Man From Painted Woods ...

  • Edward Felski

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Warren Helm

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • George Koch

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Maurice Londer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Donald Longworth

    Military | Technical Sergeant | On Board ; Passenger | 95th Bomb Group

  • Paul Trylko

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Clair Wyrick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Clair Wyrick completed 35 missions as a pilot with the 95th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Horham, England. Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 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....

  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...


Event Location Date
Crashed Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 6 November 1944

On night navigation training mission 6/11/44 left u/c collapsed on landing.


Date Contributor Update
04 January 2016 22:30:34 ClearyMFO Changes to description

name correction: James Robert (Jim) Cleary, not Clerry

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2016 22:29:23 ClearyMFO Changes to person associations

correct spelling: James Robert (Jim) Cleary (not Clerry)

Date Contributor Update
05 December 2015 17:33:03 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log