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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 22/8/44; Lincoln 7/9/44; Grenier 17/9/44; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 20/9/44; transferred 511BS/351BG [DS-N] Polebrook 18/10/44; 509BS [RQ-B]; 64m Returned to the USA Bradley 23/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45.



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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
  • 511th Bomb Squadron


  • 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

  • Max Markshied

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 351st Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • William Yardley

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 351st Bomb Group


  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • 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 12:02:14 Lucy May Changes to unit associations and place associations

Added Connections based on existing information in Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:30 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log