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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 27 July 1944; Hunter 5 August 1944; Dow Field 15 August 1944; Assigned 568BS/390BG Framlingham 17 August 1944 (" HOTTER 'N HELL". Transferred 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 18 August 1944 ("LITTLE KING"). Among other pilots, 1st Lt Harold E. Dwyer flew on it on the 6 May 1945 Chowhound mission to drop food to the Dutch population. Returned to the USA Bradley, Connecticut 21 June 1945. Transferred to 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 24 June 1945; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman, Arizona 29 November 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...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 391st Bomb Squadron
  • 568th Bomb Squadron


  • Harold Dwyer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Harold Dwyer graduated from Hastings High School, Hastings, Nebraska in 1942. In August 1944 he received his wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Corps at the Ft. Sumner Army Air Field in New Mexico. ...



  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, 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.


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Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 17:26:30 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

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Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 08:09:18 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Added Block number, added biography détails (Dwyer)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:28 AAM AAM ingest

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