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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Long Beach 6/8/43; Cheyenne 9/8/43; 424 Sub Gp Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-M] Polebrook 24/9/43; 26m transferred 486BG Sudbury 17/7/44; 490BG Eye 8/44; 863BS/493BG Debach with Chas Gibson, damaged by fire 11/6/45; Salvaged . ROUND TRIP.



  • Eugene Colburn

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighters and flak enroute on a mission to Schweinfurt, GR and crashed on the return near Amiens, FR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-17F #42-3517 'Happy Warrior'. Evaded (EVD). ...

  • Joseph Isoardi

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    Joseph J. Isoardi was my grandfather. I only knew him for 6 years of my life, but he was amazing. A life long goof-ball, his cap is always tilted to the side in his service pictures. He went on to father 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren.

  • Kenneth Jockel

    Military | Staff Sergeant | armorer Gunner 612 | 351st Bomb Group

  • John Mernagh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Flew 50 missions from 22 December 1943 to 1 February 1945. Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/ 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation.


  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


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Date Contributor Update
07 June 2019 14:43:10 phil marchese Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings

Baugher, Joe. B-17F article

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:59 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log