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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 2/1/43; Salina 8/1/43; Brookley 5/3/43; Morrison 15/4/43; Assigned 347BS/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; battle damaged Turin 8/11/43 with Michael E. McDonnell, William M. De Temple, John P. Devlin, John W. Pace, Richard B. Hobby, Robert D. Molina, Victor L. Appel, Billy Burnett (8 Returned to Duty); Orry E. Wright, William D. Burke (2 Killed in Action); ditched off Corsica, near Ajaccio airport. In 2003 a top turret was dragged up by fishermen, and the following year further searches revealed aircraft upside down in shallow water a few hundred yards off shore. COTTON EYED JOE II.



  • 99th Bomb Group

    99th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor...

  • 347th Bomb Squadron


  • Oudna

    Military site : airfield


Not yet known


Date Contributor Update
26 September 2018 11:31:42 ED-BB Changes to description, unit associations and place associations

Corrected typo in Richard Hobby's first name...

Date Contributor Update
26 September 2018 10:35:15 ED-BB Changes to description

Completed names of crew members in Biography...
My 2006 research on the plane and crew for Corsican Dominique Taddei who wrote a book about the incident.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log