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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered 2BG/HQ Langley 1-Jun-37; used by CO Major Bob Olds from 28-May-37; took part on goodwill trip to South America 1938; transferred 19BG March Fd Oct-40; then Langley, force landed with Warren Wilkinson at Lively Fd, VA 1-Jan-42; Amarillo 12-Nov-42; 56 flts; Written off 29-Jan-43. [aircraft No. 10.] This aircraft was never used in combat and never served in the UK.



  • 2nd Bomb Group

    2nd Bomb Group

    Served on antisubmarine duty for several months after the U.S. entered World War II. In October 1942 was re-designated as 2d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and earmarked for combat. The group was transferred on paper to Geiger Field, Washington, where it...



Event Location Date
Delivered Langley Army Airfield, VA 1 June 1937

2nd BG

Assigned March Army Airfield, California October 1940

19th BG


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2019 01:06:48 466thHistorian Changes to markings, events, unit associations and place associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 71

Date Contributor Update
14 January 2019 15:55:46 Emily Changes to serial number

Removed block number from serial number

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2018 22:59:54 thisismills Changes to media associations

Y1B-17 #36-155 [No. 10] Flagship for the 1938 Goodwill Flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina from Langley, Virginia.

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2015 21:32:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to serial number, production block number, manufacturer and description

Lee Cunningham 16-Jan-2015. Added Y block and note to description based on " The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman with David Osborne; converted dates to military-style signification.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:00 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log