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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 17/12/43; Lincoln 8/1/44; Lakeland 11/1/44; Morrison 13/2/44; Assigned 772BS/463BG Celone 15/2/44; fatal crash destroyed 11/10/44 1 x KIA. LASSIE AND HER LADS.



  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 463rd Bomb Group

    463rd Bomb Group

    The 463rd BG entered combat on March 30, 1944. The target was the airdrome at Imoski, Yugoslavia. Thirty-nine planes dropped 117 tons of bombs from 20,000 feet. Although slight flak was encountered, all planes returned safely. The group flew a...

  • 772nd Bomb Squadron

    772nd Bomb Squadron

    Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to Second Air Force for training. Attached in late 1943 and early 1944 to Air University Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater...


  • Marvin Bates

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 463rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 772BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Earl Thompson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 463rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 772BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF.


  • Celone

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Manufactured Long Beach, CA 1943

Built at Vega.

Delivered Cheyenne AFB, WY 17 December 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 17-Dec-43.

Assigned Celone, Foggia, Italy 15 February 1944

Assigned 772BS, 463BG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed Celone, Foggia, Italy 4 May 1944

Landing Accident Celone, ITA Cat 3 Lt William D Forney, 4-May-44.

B-17G 42-97550 - 772BS 463BG 15AF

Crashed Celone, Foggia, Italy 11 October 1944

Fatal Crash Takeoff Celone, ITA Cat 5 damage Lt Earl A Thompson, 11-Oct-44.

B-17G 42-97550 - 772BS 463BG 15AF


Date Contributor Update
04 December 2018 11:31:57 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:14 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log