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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 13/4/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 92BG Podington MARY B /43; transferred 94BG Rougham /43; 339BS/96BG [QJ-O] Snetterton /43; Returned to the USA Morrison 2/8/43; Salvaged 18/9/43; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 19/12/45. SACK TIME.



  • 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. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron
  • 413th Bomb Squadron


  • Eldridge Shelton

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Returned from fighter attack on B17-42-3275 'Sack Time'. 17 July 1943


  • VIII Bomber Command 74

    17 July 1943
    The railroad industry at Hannover, Germany and the aircraft industry at Hamburg, Germany were the intended targets for this mission but weather caused the mission to be cancelled. The element sent to Hannover was a combined force of 207 B-17s from:...


  • 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...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


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Date Contributor Update
30 May 2020 23:32:53 kstrykerAK Changes to nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations and mission associations

Snetterton Falcons II: The 96th Bomb Group in World War II by Robert E Doherty & Geoffrey D Ward. Second Edition with Errata and Supplemental Information. Taylor Publishing. 1996. pages 34, 35, 294, 303

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:43 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log