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42-3438

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 23/6/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-F] Snetterton 20/7/43; transferred 36BS for Radio Counter Measures, Sculthorpe 1944. Missing in Action Heligoland 30/10/44, with Lts with Gaither & W. Dunnuck. Intended for submarine pens of Heligoland. Due to bad weather target could not be seen and A/C was re-directed towards Berlin but the plane run out of fuel somewhere over North sea and crashed.

Service

Units

  • 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

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

  • 337th Bomb Squadron
  • 36th Bomb Squadron

People

Missions

  • 693

    30 October 1944

Places

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • Sculthorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1942-43, and used by the RAF 1943-44. The Eighth Air Force's 803rd Bomb Squadron (P) were a Radio Countermeasures unit lodging here in 1944. The base was used by both the RAF and US forces in the post-war period.

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA, USA June 1943

Built at Douglas Long Beach.

Delivered Buckley AFB, Aurora, CO, USA 23 June 1943

Delivered to USAAF Denver Field 23/6/43.

Assigned Snetterton, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 20 July 1943

Assigned 337th BS, 96th BG Snetterton 20/7/43.

Transferred Sculthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21, UK 1944

Transferred to 36th BS for Radio Counter Measures, Sculthorpe 44.

Transferred Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK July 1944

Transferred to Project Aphrodite.

Crashed North Sea 30 October 1944

Missing in Action - Aphrodite target - Heligoland 30/10/44. Command crew Lts W C Gaither & W M Dunnuck baled out over UK. Intended for submarine pens of Heligoland. Due to bad weather target could not be seen and A/C was re-directed towards Berlin but the plane run out of fuel somewhere over North sea and crashed.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2016 16:41:27 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

AAM DB Entry.
http://www.forcedlandingcollection.se/USAAFe/USAAF140-441030-mugwump.html
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=144760

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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