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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Hunter 9/12/44; Grenier 29/12/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-R] Snetterton 4/1/45; crash landed on base 11/5/45 after food mission to Holland; salvaged on site. RAGGED BUT RIGHT




  • George Bordelon

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Bruce Bronson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Crews

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Armorer/Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Edward Davies

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radioman/Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Radioman and Waist Gunner on B-17G "Ragged But Right", 96th BG/337th BS, 1944-1945.

  • Joseph Denver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier/Chin Turret | 96th Bomb Group
    Joseph Denver served as a bombardier with the 337th Bomb Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Snetterton Heath, England.

  • E. Charles Hancock

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group

  • Robert Jensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Assistant Engineer/Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Edward LaBroad

    Military | Navigator/Nose Gunner | 96th Bomb Group

  • Harry Loveless

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    March 19, 1945, bombed Zwickau with the 452nd.

  • Earl Wright

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Assistant Radio Operator/Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group


  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Event Location Date
Crashed Norwich NR16 2JU, UK 11 May 1945

Landing accident, aircraft did not appear to be under power during landing (props are not bent in a manner showing them turning). Both landing gear ripped from aircraft when it went off end of runway, through a hedge row, and over a road. Aircraft salvaged, considered damaged beyond repair.


Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 14:03:14 Dennis7423 Changes to description, events and unit associations

Joseph Denver (Bombardier) Family History

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 22:13:37 Dennis7423 Changes to markings

Personal Records

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 22:01:48 Dennis7423 Changes to production block number and manufacturer

USAAC Archives

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 21:56:11 Dennis7423 Changes to manufacturer, nicknames and markings

Personal Records and photographs of this aircraft; Grandfather was bombardier Joseph F. Denver.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:54 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log