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43-38991

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Lincoln 30/10/44; Dow Fd 12/11/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 19/11/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 20/6/45; Greenville 27/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 16/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 22/11/45. START SWIMMING aka SWEET SEVENTEEN.

Service

People

  • John Ferard

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group

  • Dexter Jordan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 7BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew Chief of B-24 41-28851 'The Near Sighted Robin', B-17's 43-38403, 43-38265 and 43-38991 'Sweet Seventeen'. Awarded bronze star for 100 missions no aborts, the soldiers medal for risking his life to extinguish a...

  • Wayne Kleinertz

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | Gunner (tail) | 34th Bomb Group

  • Jasper Paladino

    Military | Sergeant | Crew Chief MOS 750 | 34th Bomb Group

  • Paul Schommer

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 7BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME. Standing L-R Herbert Jahnke, Paul Schommer Kneeling L-R Sterling O Jones, Dexter B Jordan

  • John Wooten

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Zesch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Served in the Army Air Force 1944-1946 and in the AAF Reserve 1946-1949. With air crew, ferried new B-17G Flying Fortress from Savannah, GA to England arriving April 1945 and assigned to 8th AF, 34th BG, 7th BS in Mendlesham. Flew as member of B-17...

Places

  • 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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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 May 2016 20:50:01 Scott 34th7th Changes to nicknames
Sources

Personal records of John A Ferard as provided by son.

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 15:45:59 Balterman Changes to person associations
Sources

Jasper Paladino Photos, Mendelsham. Personal photograph by author. 1944.

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 15:35:37 Balterman Changes to media associations
Sources

Jasper Paladino Photos, Mendelsham. Personal photograph by author. 1944.

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2015 15:07:37 Balterman Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

Jasper Paladino Photos, Mendelsham. Personal photograph by author. 1944.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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