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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/44; Hunter 16/7/44; Grenier 23/7/44; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-Q] Polebrook 15/8/44; 50m battle damaged Chemnitz 2/3/45 with ?; crash landed base, Salvaged 4/3/45. CLASSY CHASSIS.



  • 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


  • Rufus Hanchett

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

  • George Klaar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 351st Bomb Group
    George Klaar was born in Vermilion, Ohio in 1921. After graduating from Cleveland Heights High School in 1939 and attending Case School of Applied Science, George asserted his love of country and passion for aviation by enlisting in the US Army Air...

  • 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 11:54:41 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations

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

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