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B-17 Flying Fortress

Last B-17G-35-BO

Delivered Cheyenne 26/1/44;

Presque Is 1/3/44;

323BS/91BG [OR-B] Bassingbourn 16/3/44; 322BS [LG-A] then 401BS [LL-B];

130combat missions

RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/5/45.

(Radio-op Bill McGavern donated A-2 jacket to 91BG museum at Bassingbourn).



  • 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. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


  • Thomas Flemming

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Thomas F Flemming served as a pilot with the 323rd Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group. ...

  • Robert Hoffmann

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Primary a/c was 'Hi Ho Silver. ' Also named a/c 'Naughty Caroline. ' ...

  • Henry Lilley

    Military | Master Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Lilley served on 'Dusty Hoffman's crew as tail gunner and later in an engineering role with another crew in the 91st BG. He stayed on in the Air Force, retiring as Master Sergeant, and went on to work for Fords. ...

  • Alfred Love

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Just after takeoff on an operational mission to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, a fuel leak was noticed on B-17G #42-37761'Blue Dreams'. The a/c was diverted to Steeple Morden where a belly landing was made due to the crew inadvertantly failed to lower the...

  • William McGavern

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

  • Rone Tempest

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Rone was initially called up into the 10th Cavalry, then applied for Air Force navigation school. He became navigator on 'Dusty' Hoffman's 'Hi Ho Silver' and completed 35 missions with 323rd Sqdn 91st Bomber Group. ...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
09 July 2021 20:44:24 acbernstein1 Changes to markings

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2020 10:23:40 Emily Changes to unit associations

Amended 323rd Bomb Group to 323rd Bomb Squadron

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 09:46:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, unit associations and media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:29:32 terveurn Changes to description

basic B-17 information

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2017 03:26:54 terveurn Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings

basic information

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:42 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log