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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 10/10/44; Grenier 18/10/44; Assigned 92BG Podington 20/10/44 CANVAS BACK IV; transferred 509BS/351BG [RQ-O] Polebrook 9/2/45; 37m Returned to the USA Bradley 23/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45. MORT’S ORPHANS.



  • 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...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • Rufus Hanchett

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

  • 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. ...


  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • 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 12:07:36 Lucy May Changes to nicknames, unit associations and place associations

Added Connections based on existing information in the Biography field.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:34 AAM AAM ingest

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