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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 1/6/43; Presque Is 7/8/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG Molesworth 12/8/43; transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-S] Thurleigh 22/2/44; on training flight9/5/44 with Ralph Clark, Co-pilot: Capt John Kelly, Navigator: Ralph Zimmerman, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Cpl C.E. Flach, Radio Operator: L.L. Cannon, pass-Capt Wendell Hull, Lts R. Jones, L.J. Folkes, Don Giles and Lt Col Jarvis (UK Home Guard; fire broke out in #2, unable to reach bas crash landed Wilden, Bedfordshire, hit a tree and skidded a long way, but no injuries; (10 Returned to Duty); Tran (Oboe Mk I radar) 813BS/482BG [PC-I] Alconbury 10/5/44; Salvaged 9AAF Stansted /44.




  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log