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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered RAF [AN525] as part of Lend-Lease; 90 Squadron [WP-D] Polebrook 21-Apr-41; Missing in Action on mission to bomb the Admiral Scheer on Oslo harbour 8-Sep-41 with D. Romans, F.Hart, P. Corbett, J. Brown, W. Honey, H. Merrill (RCAF), R. Beattie (7 Killed in Action); shot down by a Bf 109T flown by Alfred Jakobi; the bomber went on to crash in mountainous country, Norway. Crew buried in Bygland churchyard, Otra Valley, 80km north of Kristiansand. This was the first B-17 to be shot down .



  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
12 November 2020 01:36:28 Terje Changes to markings

Allied Wings by Phil H. Listemann . ISBN 978-2-9532544-2-6

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12 November 2020 01:23:31 Terje Changes to description

Sources : Sea Eagles by Francis L. Marshall ISBN 1 871187 22 2

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14 January 2019 16:21:27 Emily Changes to serial number

Removed block number from serial number

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19 February 2015 00:31:51 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.

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27 September 2014 18:40:01 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log