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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered RAF [AN522] as part of Lend-Lease; 90 Squadron [WP-J] Polebrook 3-May41; t/o West Raynham, Nfk, flew in to heavy cloud and crashed 10m north of Catterick Bridge, Yorks. UK 22-Jun-41; with F/O John Hawley, Lt Bradley*, J. Humpherson, Sq Ldr David Robson, Horace Black, George Garwood, T. Willis (RCAF) (7 Killed in Action); F/l Steward (Returned to Duty); First B-17 lost in WWII; Struck Off Charge 9-Jul-41. (Survivor Steward, an RAF doctor, reported when ship entered heavy cloud it began to shake violently, pilot lost control as the bomber entered a steep dive, and at about 25,00 ft structural failure became evident. First the port wing detached itself, followed by the gradual break up of the fuselage, the rear section falling slowly, thus Steward was able to make his escape.)



  • 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...


Event Location Date
Assigned RAF Polebrook 3 May 1941

90 Squadron RAF

Crashed Catterick Bridge, Yorkshire, UK 22 June 1941


Date Contributor Update
17 November 2020 17:06:24 466thHistorian Changes to markings and events

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2019 16:22:53 Emily Changes to serial number

Removed block number from serial number

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2015 00:14:48 Lee8thbuff Changes to serial number, production block number, manufacturer and description

Lee Cunningham 18-Feb-2015. All changes based on "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A Freeman with David Osborne.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log