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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 12/5/44; Kearney 23/5/44; Dow Fd 1/6/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-Z] Polebrook 28/6/44; 510BS [TO-Z]; 105m Returned to the USA Bradley 25/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45. TRANSIT BELLE.



  • 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


  • Albert Colky

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radar Navigator Transit Belle B17 | 351st Bomb Group

  • 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. ...

  • Rufus Hanchett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group

  • John Mernagh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Flew 50 missions from 22 December 1943 to 1 February 1945. Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/ 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation.

  • Robert Potter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot B-17 | 351st Bomb Group
    Lieutenant Robert Kern Potter commanded a Fort in the 351st BG out of Polebrook. He and his crew arrived in December of 1944. Together they flew 33 missions. Like most he piloted a number of different Forts until he had a regular one assigned, a B-17G ...

  • 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 11:39:35 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations

Changes made based on existing information in the Biography section.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:23 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log