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Crew of the Torchy Tess



  • 1st Combat Bomb Wing
  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • Harold Gividen

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot
    INT crashed in Switzerland on 25 FEb 45 in B-17 'Torchy Tess' #4337854


  • 43-37854 Torchy Tess

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Kearney 8/6/44; Grenier 28/6/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-V] Polebrook 17/7/44; Missing in Action 53m Dresden 15/2/45 with Chas Alplanalp (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Harry Gividen, Navigator: George Brown, Bombardier:...


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
18 December 2019 16:47:29 terveurn Changes to unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

from 8th Af records

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2019 16:11:46 gividenn Created entry with collection and caption

I ma Harold Gividen's son and these are pictures of his plan I have in my possession.