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44-8138

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 19 August 1944; Langley 20 July 1944; Presque Isle 13 August 1944; Assigned 493BG Debach 15/8/44, then 349BS/100BG [XR-T] Thorpe Abbotts; Salvaged 9AF Germany 29/12/45. NOTE : According to data at the 34th BG website, # 44-8138 (34BG : 491BS) flew on the 2 May 1945 Chowhound mission to drop food to the Dutch population, with Pilot Lt Harold E. Dwyer ( http://valortovictory.tripod.com/crews/Dwyer.htm )

Service

Units

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 391st Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Dwyer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Harold Dwyer graduated from Hastings High School, Hastings, Nebraska in 1942. In August 1944 he received his wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Corps at the Ft. Sumner Army Air Field in New Mexico. ...

Missions

Places

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • 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.

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2016 08:00:37 ED-BB Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Added association with Dwyer, block number, mission

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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