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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Grenier 8/3/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-P] Polebrook 24/3/44; on Ludwighafen mission 8/9/44 with Jim Barker, ship had two engines damaged and force landed in France, crew OK then returned to Polebrook base; 76m Returned to the USA Bradley 14/6/44; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 21/10/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 4/12/45. STAR DUSTER.



  • 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


  • John Greenwood

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    John E Greenwood served as a navigator with the 351st Bomb Group. He completed 34 missions between 10 January 1945 and 18 April 1945. ...

  • Kenneth Jockel

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

  • Einer Petersen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Einer Petersen served as pilot and co-pilot with 8th AF, 351st BG, 509th BS out of Polebrook, England. 25 missions. His original crew finished their tours before Petersen. At the day of his death October 7th 1944 he was assigned as pilot to aircraft B...

  • Matt Vukonich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Matt Vukonich enlisted in the Air Corps in August 1943 and upon transfer to Europe, he was ssigned as a Ball Turret Gunner in the 351st Bomb Group / 509th Bomb Squadron. He flew a total of 38 missions from 16 July to 29 November 1944, with 7 different...

  • William Whittaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    William T Whittaker was a pilot with the 509th Bomb Squadron of the 351st Bomb Group. He flew 41 missions between 17 October 1944 and 26 March 1945. ...


  • 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
14 November 2014 11:49:03 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:10 AAM AAM ingest

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