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B-17 Flying Fortress

(YB-40) Delivered Tulsa 29/10/42; Biggs 15/3/43; Presque Is 6/5/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-D] Alconbury SEYMOUR ANGEL 14/5/43; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-R] Bassingbourn RED BALLOON 16/7/43; Returned to the USA Eglin 4/9/44; Yuma 4/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Ontario 18/5/45. OLD IRONSIDES.



  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • 327th Bomb Squadron


  • Theodore Thurston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA 1942

Built at Vega.

Delivered Tulsa AAF, OK 29 October 1942

Delivered Tulsa AAF 29-Oct-42.

Assigned Alconbury, UK 14 May 1943

Assigned 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Bassingbourn, UK 16 July 1943

Transferred 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Returned ZI Eglin AAF, FL 4 September 1944

Returned to the USA Eglin AAF 4-Sep-44.


Date Contributor Update
24 January 2020 07:05:04 RandyJustice1 Changes to markings

Pictures of aircraft.

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20 April 2019 02:05:33 phil marchese Changes to markings

Model and manufacturer uppdate.

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02 April 2019 20:46:20 phil marchese Changes to markings

Grammar edit for clarity.

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28 March 2019 03:22:04 phil marchese Changes to markings

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945 Facebook group.

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14 March 2019 20:53:24 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, nicknames, markings, events and unit associations

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17 February 2019 20:03:12 RandyJustice1 Changes to production block number and markings

Pictures from my uncles collection.

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28 August 2018 06:05:58 RandyJustice1 Changes to manufacturer and nicknames

My uncle was a BTG on this plain I also have his pictures of this aircraft

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27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log