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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 15-Jul-43; Cheyenne 18/7/43; (Fitted with Sperry gyroscope); Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P] Horham 3/9/43; force landed Metfield Afd with L.G. Hamby 16-Dec-43; force landed Tibenham Afd with J.D. Pearson 5-Jan-44; force landed Knettishall Afd with T.L. Barksdale 21-Jan-44; 29m, transferred 303BG then 36BS Alconbury (RCM) as Aphrodite/Azon aircraft 23-Mar-44; also Harrington for Carpetbagger ops; Returned to the USA Bolling 11-Feb-45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19-Feb-46. MARY RUTH - THE WE WA SPECIAL.



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron
  • 36th Bomb Squadron


  • Thomas Barksdale

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Attacked by fighters en-route to the target at Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-32002 'Berlin First' crashed near Bremen after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Bellora

    Military | Master Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Levi Carter

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Flew with John Johnson and Robert Carson crews. Flew 1 missions with Bill Thomas crew. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Donald Crossley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 333BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Crossley was credited with 12 confirmed e/a kills. A record for 8th AF gunners. ETD Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EMEA, American Campaign.

  • Leo Hamby

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Leon Hamby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to the St Andres and Evreus airfields in France on 6 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-39897. A/c was on fire and crashed near Fontainebleu, FR. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Mitchell McArthur

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Pearson

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and crashed near Nienburg, GR on a mission to Brunswick on 10 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-30173 'Circe. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW


  • 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...

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Reclaimation Finance Commission (RFC) Kingman, AZ, USA 19 February 46

Sold for scrap at Kingman, Arizona.

Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA June 1943

Built at Lockheed/Vega.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA 15 July 1943

Delivered USAAF, Long Beach 15-Jul-43.

Assigned Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 3 September 1943

Assigned 336th BS, 95th BG, 8AF 3-Sep-43.

Crashed Metfield, Harleston, Suffolk IP20, UK 16 December 1943

Force landed Metfield Airfield with pilot L G Hamby 16-Dec-43.

Transferred Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1944

Transferred to 303rd BG.

Transferred Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 1944

Transferred to 36th BS for Radio Counter Measures work.

Crashed Tibenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 5 January 1944

Force landed Tibenham Airfield with pilot J D Pearson 5-Jan-44.

Crashed Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 21 January 1944

Force landed Knettishall Airfield with pilot T L Barksdale 21-Jan-44.

Transferred Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK 23 March 1944

Transferred 388th BG Aphrodite [drone] aircraft 23-Mar-44.

Transferred Harrington, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK January 1945

Transferred to 492nd BG for Carpetbagger ops.

Returned Stateside Bolling Air Force Base Heliport (BOF), Washington, DC 20032, USA 11 February 1945

Returned to the USA, Bolling Field 11-Feb-45. 29 mission veteran. Sold for scrap.


Date Contributor Update
08 March 2020 04:19:19 phil marchese Changes to markings

Unit histories.

Date Contributor Update
08 March 2020 04:14:02 phil marchese Changes to production block number and markings

Key image selected as nose art vs distant image.

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 21:33:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to description and events

Lee Cunningham 12-Jan-2016. Converted dates to USAAF military-style signification; added RFC event per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 20:48:02 Al_Skiff Changes to manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2015 13:29:08 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:58 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log