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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Tulsa 4/10/42; Salina 19/1/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-D/B] Chelveston 1/2/43; transferred AFSC 5/4-9/5/43 and 29/7-12/10/43; 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 20/3/44; Returned to the USA 8/5/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 4/1/46.



  • VIII Air Force Service Command
  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron


  • William Beach

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Flew on "Dry Martini & the Cocktail Kids", 25 missions. Purple Heart, DFC, Air Medal

  • Karl Brauer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crew completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

  • Varney Cline

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    KNO. Killed on formation practice flight in B17#42-230666. Earlier ac shot up 17 May 1943 in B-17 #4229745. With two engines out and one on fire, crew baled out near English coast.

  • John Hill

    Military | 305th Bomb Group Can Do

  • Robert Metcalf

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Crew completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943


  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1942

Built at Boeing

Delivered Tulsa AFB OK 4 October 1942

Delivered Tulsa AAF 4-Nov-42.

Assigned Chelveston, UK 1 February 1943

Assigned 364BS, 305BG, 8AF 1-Feb-43.

Assigned 9 May 1943

Transferred AFSC 5/4-9/5/43 and 29/7-12/10/43.

Assigned Staughton UK 20 March 1944

Transferred 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 20-Mar-44.

Returned ZI USA 8 May 1944

Returned to the USA 8-May-44.

Crashed 24 August 1945

Ground Accident Ft Worth AAF, TX Cat BL damage Lt Marvin L Allen, 24-Aug-45.

B-17F 42-5156 - 2126AAFBU CFTC


Date Contributor Update
05 October 2018 20:57:50 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations and media associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:54 AAM AAM ingest

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