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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 25/2/43; Cheyenne 3/3/43; Sioux City 16/3/43; Kearney 4/8/43; Dow Fd 19/4/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-Q] Kimbolton 23/4/43; 2 Base Air Depot, Lt Staughton 4/4/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 25/7/44; Tinker 6/8/44; Patterson 27/1/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 29/8/45. POLLY

One of the 'Original 41' aircraft assigned to the 379th Bomb Group, assigned to the 527th Bomb Squadron while still in the USA.



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 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...

  • 527th Bomb Squadron


  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Vega.

Delivered Long Beach, CA 25 February 1943

Delivered Long Beach AAF 25-Feb-43.

Assigned Kimbolton, UK 23 April 1943

Assigned 527BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Warton, UK 4 April 1944

Transferred to 2 Base Air Depot.


Date Contributor Update
16 May 2022 10:15:17 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2022 19:41:42 jmoore43 Changes to production block number

Added "B-17" at the front of the Production block number.

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 04:48:19 phil marchese Changes to media associations

Marchese, FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945 VEGA recognition features.

AAM/Osborne synopsis

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2020 04:41:10 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings

Marchese, FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2019 11:52:55 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2018 12:48:47 Emily Changes to nicknames and description

Information provided by Richard Lewis of and

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:57 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log