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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 5/5/43; Denver 11/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW-N] Alconbury 6/6/43 RUTHIE; transferred 365BS/305BG [XK-N] Chelveston HELL-CAT 10/6/43; then 422BS [JJ-Z/N]; 858BS/8AFCC Cheddington 26/6/44; battle damaged Romilly 15/9/44 with ? + crew, crash landed RAF Hawkinge; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 16/9/44. HOMESICK ANGEL.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 326th Bomb Squadron
  • 365th Bomb Squadron
  • 422nd Bomb Squadron
  • 858th Bomb Squadron
  • 2nd Strategic Air Depot


  • Don Moore

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 27 August 1943 in B-17 #4229530. Killed in Action (KIA).


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA 1943
Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA 5 May 1943

Delivered Long Beach 5-May-43

Assigned Alconbury, Huntingdon PE28, UK 6 June 1943

Assigned 326BS, 92BG 6-Jun-43.

Assigned Chelveston, Wellingborough NN9 6AN, UK 10 June 1943

Transferred 365BS, 305BG

Assigned Chelveston, Wellingborough NN9 6AN, UK 1944

Transferred to 422BS, 305BG.

Assigned Cheddington, UK 26 June 1944

Transferred to 858BS, 8AFCC 26-Jun-44.

Combat damaged Aerodrome Rd, Hawkinge, Folkestone CT18 7AG, UK 15 September 1944

Battle damaged Romilly 15-Sep-43 crash landed RAF Hawkinge.

Salvaged to 2SAD Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon PE28, UK 16 September 1944

Salvaged and ferried to 2SAD. Pilot Lt Staughton.


Date Contributor Update
03 September 2017 15:22:58 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2017 15:21:08 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log