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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered MacDill 7/3/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; transferred 305BG Grafton Underwood 5/11/42; transferred 326BS/92BG [JW-M] ; Bovingdon 100BG Thorpe Abbotts as station hack & tow target /43; was parked at Thorpe Abbotts when damaged in taxi accident by 42-3472 (100BG) 24/4/45; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 5/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 6/8/45.



  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:04 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log