41-24400 Little Bill

media-26045.jpeg UPL 26045 B-17E 41-24400 "Little Bill" Hutchinson & Cortright

Hutchinson & Cortright

Object Number - UPL 26045 - B-17E 41-24400 "Little Bill"

Assigned 92BG Bangor 13/7/42; transferred 414BS/97BG Polebrook 24/8/42; Maison Blanche 13/11/42; Tafaraoui 22/11/42; damaged 21/10/42; Salvaged. LITTLE BILL.

This aircraft assigned to 97BG/414BS participated in the 21-Oct-42 mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. It returned to its station at Polebrook, but sustained so much battle damage that it was declared a Category E (Damaged beyond repair) loss and the wreck was transferred to Burtonwood for use of salvaging spare parts. No information was found regarding the crew of this aircraft as of this writing 29-Oct-2014.


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Units served with

Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment




ContributorLucy May

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources
Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Description based on "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman & Dave Osborne, "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.:


Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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