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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/5/44; Hunter 21/5/44; Grenier 6/6/44; Assigned 332BS/94BG [XM-U] Rougham (Azon controlling mothership) 7/6/44; battle damaged Nurnberg 21/2/45 with ?; force landed continent, Sal; transferred 34BG Mendlesham 9/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 29/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 30/11/45.



  • 42-30212 Quarterback

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 14/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; transferred Aphrodite project, Missing in Action V-sites, Watten 6/8/44 with Lt Joeseph P Andrecheck & T/Sgt Raymond Healy (2...

  • 42-39835 'Wantta Spar'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 14/9/43; Scott 21/10/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 26/10/43; transferred 510BS/351BG [TU-N] Polebrook 18/11/43; to 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 8/6/44; Aphrodite/Azon Project Knettishall 7/44; 16m Missing in Action Siracourt 4/8...

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  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 18th Bomb Squadron
  • 332nd Bomb Squadron

    332nd Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

  • 4th Bomb Squadron


  • Steve Bialas

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 18BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Buchanan

    Military | 34th Bomb Group

  • Frank Crabtree

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander | 34th Bomb Group
    Led 26 missions

  • Courtney Daniels

    Military | 34th Bomb Group

  • Foster Falkenstein

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group

  • Johnny Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    My Dad served in the 8th Army Air Corp, 34th Bomb Group H during WWII from 42-45 & was stationed in Mendlesham England during his time of service. He flew 22 missions on a B-17 #43-37637 & was a Tail Gunner with crew members Courtney R Daniels (pilot)...

  • William Jennings

    Military | 34th Bomb Group

  • Richard Kashishian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer/Top turret gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Richard Kashishian served as a flight engineer/top turret gunner with the 34th Bomb Group, flying bombing missions out of Mendlesham, England. ...

  • John Mayor

    Military | 34th Bomb Group

  • Robert McGhee

    Military | Captain | Bombardier, D R Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Stalag Luft III. Plane crashed at Senske on 10/6/44 in B-17 44-8143. Entire group was destroyed.

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  • 515

    4 August 1944

  • 523

    6 August 1944

  • 839

    21 February 1945


  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.


Event Location Date
Crashed Europe 21 February 1945

Battle damaged Nurnberg 21/2/45. Force landed continent.

Returned Stateside Bradley Field, Salisbury, NC 28147, USA 26 June 1945

Flown to the US by the Daniels crew #55
Capt Courtney R Daniels [Pilot]
1Lt William R Jennings Jr [Co]
1Lt Thomas E Buchanan [Nav]
T/Sgt Paul W Stoutsenberger [Eng/TT]
T/Sgt William A Harben [Rad]
S/Sgt Richard Kashishian [G]
S/Sgt Johnny L Fisher [G]
S/Sgt Elmer L Gergley [G]
Sgt Clarence V Grimm [G]
M/Sgt Steve W Bialas [CC]
Cpl Clyde A Cessna [Pass]
Lt Col Frank R Crabtree [Pass]
Capt John D Mayor [Pass]
1Lt Eugene Tigges [Pass]
1Lt William P Van Liere [Pass]
1Lt Paul A Bourquin [Pass]
S/Sgt Richard S Nassar [Pass]
S/Sgt Joseph F Ginalski [Pass]
S/Sgt Phillip R MacKaren [Pass]
T/Sgt John J King [Pass]

Sold for Scrap Northfield Ave, Kingman, AZ 86409, USA 30 November 1945

Sold for Scrap Reconstruction Finance Corporation.


Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 19:46:09 34thBombGroupH B-17Tailgunner41-45 Changes to unit associations

Military Records-Personal

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 16:58:23 34thBombGroupH B-17Tailgunner41-45 Changes to nicknames

Military Records-Personal

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 16:57:27 34thBombGroupH B-17Tailgunner41-45 Changes to events, person associations and media associations


Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 17:11:51 Al_Skiff Changes to events, person associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.
Liberator: The Consolidated B-24 by Graham Simons.

Date Contributor Update
24 December 2015 14:32:48 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:22 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log