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42-3521

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 20/3/43; Lowry 17/8/43; Assigned 813BS/482BG [PC-L] Alconbury with Oboe Mk I radar 8/9/43; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY-A] Thurleigh 22/2/44; AFSC Stansted 12/5/44; Returned to the USA St Paul 12/6/44; transferred USN [34106] Rome, NY 23/3/45, later modified as B-17G and re-designated PB-1 (the first) as all B-17Gs, stripped of all armament and used as flying aeronautical laboratory 28/7/43; Returned to USAFF 2/4/48; eventually assigned US Navy, serial # 34106.

Service

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron
  • 813th Bomb Squadron

Places

  • 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...

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Delivered Denver, CO 20 March 1943
Assigned RAF Alconbury 8 September 1943

482BG
813BS
Oboe Mk. I radar

Assigned Thurleigh Airfield, UK 22 February 1944

Transferred to
306BG
367BS

Assigned Rome, NY 23 March 1945

US Navy #34106

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2020 19:55:43 466thHistorian Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b17_11.html

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2020 19:55:12 466thHistorian Changes to markings, events and unit associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-3521/42-3521-1200px/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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