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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Denver 11/2/43; Pueblo 19/2/43; Salina 25/2/43; Gulfport 18/3/43; Brookley 28/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-P] Bassingbourn 17/4/43 HEAVY DATE; Earls Colne 12/5/43; involved in slight mid-air collision with 42-29711 and down 15 miles from Lowestoft with Willis Frank 6/6/43; Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 422BS/305BG [JJ-V/L] Chelveston 14/7/43; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-D] Grafton Underwood 6/11/43; On return from a mission to Bremen, Germany with battle damage, the ship overshot the runway at RAF Coltishall, station 355, on 19 December 1943, with Pilot-George Cosentino, Co-pilot –Robert H. Cass, Navigator-Theophelius Edward Bienar, Bombardier-George S. Malcom, Radio Operator Alfred G. Cason, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner-Donald Thomas Vorisek, Ball Turret Gunner-William S. Curtis, Tail Gunner-Glenn M. Faust, Waist Gunner-Frank H. Butman and Waist Gunner-James F. Stanley (10 Returned to Duty), The aircraft was salvaged. Aircraft Name: LOUISIANA PURCHASE



  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • David Barkhurst

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 547BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Shot down 13-Apr-44 in B-17 42-31433 'Rum Pot', evaded capture for 7 days. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3865 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Cosentino

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    December 16, 1943 B-17 # 42-29733 'Louisiana Purchase' Crash landed at RAF Coltishall on return from mission to Bremen. 10 RTD. ...

  • William Curtis

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 384th Bomb Group
    December 16, 1943 B-17 #42-29733 'Louisiana Purchase' Crash landed at RAF Coltishall on return from mission to Bremen. 10 RTD.

  • Glenn Faust

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 384th Bomb Group
    B-17G #42-32007 crashed N of Charleroi, Belgium after the crew baled out on a mission to Berlin on4 Mar 1944. Prisoner of War (POW). ...


  • VIII Bomber Command 156

    16 December 1943
    This is a massive mission of 631 heavy bombers directed at the port area of Bremen, Germany. The force of 631 included 1 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG dispersed among the attacking formations. The mission is composed of three elements. The first...


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Coltishall

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the USAAF but not used.

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


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Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 21:05:59 bombercommand Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:23 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log