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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Kearney 6/12/43; Grenier 19/12/43; Presque Is 3/1/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-O] Thorpe Abbotts 9/1/44; 135m, transferred 490BG Eye 29/5/45; Returned to the USA 4185 BU Independence 21/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21/12/45. MELANCHOLY BABY aka FEVER BEAVER.



  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 351st Bomb Squadron


  • Herbert Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radar Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Herbert W. Andrews, of Mt. Olive, NC, arrived in Eye, England on June 5, 1944, and served as a radar operator in a B-17G of the 848th BS in the 490th BG. He received the Air Medal while taking part in the last 8th Air Force attacks on Nazi airfields...

  • John Pearson

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief

  • Thomas Pepper

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    17 FEB 45 FRANKFURT & GIESSEN. CPT. Flew 55 missions on B-17 'Fever Beaver', 351st bomb Squadron.

  • Herman Streich

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    17 FEB 45 GIESSEN. CPT


  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, WY, USA 25 November 1943
Delivered Kearny, NJ, USA 6 December 1943
Delivered Presque, NL A0E, Canada 3 January 1944
Assigned Thorpe Abbotts, Diss, Norfolk IP21, UK 9 January 1944
Transfered Eye, Peterborough, Peterborough, Peterborough PE6, UK 29 May 1945

To 490 Bomber Group

Decommisioned Independence, MO, USA 21 July 1945

Returned to US


Date Contributor Update
20 March 2021 20:59:33 jmoore43 Changes to production block number and manufacturer

Added Production block number and Manufacturer per info on the internet.

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 20:44:12 William Andrews Changes to person associations

William Andrews

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 15:43:54 jrugman Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Page 139, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:48 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log