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44-6108

B-17 Flying Fortress

Accepted: 2 May 1944
Assigned: 6 May 1944 - Douglas Aircraft / Douglas Modification Center # 16 - (Tulsa Municipal)
Assigned: 12 May 1944 / 24 May 1944 - 2nd AF / 7th Heavy Bombardment Processing - (Kearney AAF)
Assigned: 24 May 1944 - ATC / North Atlantic Wing - (Grenier AAF)
Assigned: 28 May 1944 / 1 June 1944 - 8th AF / VIII Service Command / BAD 1 - (RAF Burtonwood)
Assigned: 2 June 1944 - 8th AF / 1st BD / 1st CBW / 351st BG / 509th BS - (RAF Polebrook)
( Triangle-J ) ( RQ * Y / Black Widow )
100 Combat missions, 3 Revival missions
After 1 August 1944: ( Triangle-J ) Red diagonal strip on vertical stabilizer ( RQ * Y / Black Widow )
Combat damage: 9 September 1944 (Flak)
with 2Lt Vernon B Evans, Co-pilot: 2Lt Leo W Cook, Navigator: 2Lt Frederic S Kelley, Bombardier: 2Lt James C Odom, Flight engineer: T/Sgt Canzio C Odom, Radio Operator: T/Sgt Roy L James, Ball turret gunner: S/Sgt Charles Harbison, Waist gunner: Sgt Martin A Mills, Tail gunner: S/Sgt William Bell
10 RTD
8th AF mission: (Ludwigshafen, Germany – Oil Refinery)
Assigned: 10 September 1944 / 7 November 1944 - 8th AF / VIII Service Command / 2 SAD - (RAF Abbots Ripton)
Returned group: 15 November 1944 - 8th AF / 1st AD / 94th CBW / 351st BG / 508th BS - (RAF Polebrook)
( Triangle-J ) Red diagonal strip on vertical stabilizer ( YB * Y / Black Widow )
Assigned: 11 June 1945 - ATC / Ferry Division - (Bradley AAF)
Assigned: 16 June 1945 - ATSC / 4168th AAFBU (Oklahoma City ATSC) - (South Plains AAF)
Assigned: 17 December 1945 - RFC / Depot 41 - (Kingman AAF) - SOC.
Sold: 9 August 1946 - Martin Wunderlich Company, Jefferson City - Missouri

Service

Units

People

  • Nephi Berkenpas

    Military | Colonel | Aircraft Mechanic, Instructor Pilot for B-24, B-17, B-25, Pilot, Aircraft Commander, Instructor Aircraft Maintenance | 351st Bomb Group

  • Rufus Hanchett

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

  • John Mernagh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Top Turret Gunner | 351st Bomb Group
    Flew 50 missions from 22 December 1943 to 1 February 1945. Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/ 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation.

Missions

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

Places

  • 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...

  • Kingman AAF

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Kingman Kingman AAF 17 December 1945

Stored

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 16:32:37 terveurn Changes to place associations
Sources

from aircraft record card

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 16:13:53 terveurn Changes to events
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from aircraft records

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 16:11:21 terveurn Changes to mission associations
Sources

from 351st BG records

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 16:05:15 terveurn Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

from 8th Af records

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 16:02:14 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

spelling

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 16:01:22 terveurn Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and markings
Sources

from 8th AF records

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 15:57:52 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

From aircraft card
from 351st Bg records
from 8th Af records

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2019 23:04:55 terveurn Changes to description
Sources

from 8th AF records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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