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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 24/6/44; Hunter 14/7/44; Dow Fd 23/7/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-V] Bassingbourn 11/8/44; 48m battle damaged Aschaffenburg 22/1/45 with Nelson Van Blarcom, ; flak KO’d two engines and cut out electrics, equipment was dumped to enable ship to limp home and crash landed Metfield A/fd; Salvaged 23/1/45. HAPPY VALLEY EXPRESS.

Small panel part stamped "43-38083" recovered from and 8th Airforce parts dump in Weybread, Norfolk. Recovered 2012. (Information from Neil Stevens)



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Date Contributor Update
01 September 2017 16:57:51 FortCollinsB17 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and description

Production block is from the serial number to production block conversion charts which can be commonly found. Backed up with serial ranges from Boeing assembly drawings.

Panel recovery is sourced from Neil Stevens, via the aerovintage site,

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:25 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log