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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 30/5/43; Kearney 26/6/43; Dow Fd 14/7/43; Assigned 353BS/301BG Oudna 12/8/43; Cerignola 7/12/43; 17m transferred 341BS/97BG Depienne; l/Corsica 1/12/43 ex-Turin with four WIA; Cerignola 20/12/43; Amendola 16/1/44; Missing in Action Ploesti 23/6/44 with 1Lt William C Symonds, 2Lt David R Kingsley (cp - awarded Medal of Honor), 2Lt Robert L Newson, 2Lt Edwin O Anderson, T/Sgt John J Meyer, S/Sgt Martin Hettinga Jr, T/Sgt Lloyd E Kane, S/Sgt Harold D James, S/Sgt Stanley J Kmiec, S/Sgt Michael J Sullivan; enemy aircraft, crashed Plovdiv; MACR 6406. O PISSONYA



  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 341st Bomb Squadron
  • 353rd Bomb Squadron


  • David Kingsley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 97th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 341BS, 97BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ploesti 23-Jun-44 A/C hit by enemy aircraft, crashed Plovdiv Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6406. ...



Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943
Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA 30 May 1943

Delivered Long Beach 30-May-43.

Assigned Tunisia 12 August 1943

Assigned 353BS, 301BG Oudna 12-Aug-43.

Assigned Depienne, Sminja, Tunisia December 1943

Transferred 341BS, 97BG Depienne Dec-43.

Crashed Plovdiv, Bulgaria 23 June 1944

Missing in Action Ploesti 23-Jun-44 hit by enemy aircraft, crashed Plovdiv; 9 x POW, 1 x KIA MACR 6406.


Date Contributor Update
04 September 2017 14:34:25 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2017 12:34:01 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, 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