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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Smoky Hill 17/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-R] Snetterton 12/6/43 WABBIT TWACKS III; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-X] Deenethorpe 13/12/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 17/3/44; Returned to the USA Tinker 3/6/44; Gore Air Trans Com 7/6/44; Kirtland 21/1/45; Long Beach 18/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Ontario 4/6/45. BOOTS III.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 413th Bomb Squadron
  • 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1




  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • 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
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered 722, 6207 Missile Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82005, USA 1 May 1943

Delivered Cheyenne AAF 1-May-43.

Assigned Norwich NR16 2JU, UK 12 June 1943

Assigned 413BS, 96BG 8AF 12-Jun-43.

Assigned Deenethorpe Airfield, Deenethorpe NN17 3AN, UK 13 December 1943

Transferred 612BS, 401BG, 8AF 13-Dec-43.

Assigned Burtonwood, UK 17 March 1944

Ferried to 1 Base Air Depot, 17-Mar-44.

Returned USA 3001 S Douglas Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73130, USA 3 June 1944

Returned Zone of the Interior [USA]. Tinker AAF. 3-Jun-44.

Sold for scrap Ontario, CA, USA 4 June 1945

Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Ontario 4-Jun-45.


Date Contributor Update
18 September 2017 18:36:36 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2017 13:03:53 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log