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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 368BS/306BG [BO-D] New Castle 4/10/42; Thurleigh 26/10/42; transferred 369BS [WW- ]; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-A] Grafton Underwood 5/9/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 15/3/44; Returned to the USA Homestead 14/5/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge Fd 23/11/44. LITTLE AUDREY.



  • 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. ...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 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...

  • 368th Bomb Squadron
  • 369th Bomb Squadron
  • 544th Bomb Squadron
  • Base Air Depot 1

    Base Air Depot 1



  • Neil Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Air Gunner, Togglier/Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Shot down 26 November 1943 in B-17 #4230832. Prisoner of War (POW). He was a Prisoner of War (POW) from 26 Nov. 1943 to 04 May 1945. He was at Stalag 17B, Krems, Austria. Prisoner of War (POW) no. 100388. POW

  • William Colantoni

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    After graduation in 1935 from Centerville High School, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1935 to 1938, called back to active duty in 1941. He flew on Edward J. Hennessy crew. Reported to the ETO on 30 Dec 1942. He earned two probables enemy...

  • Robert DeMille

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 384th Bomb Group
    Robert E. DeMille was my Father. He flew 32 missions in B-17's from Grafton-Underwood (384th BG/ 544th BS) and Chelveston in England. He never wanted to speak very much of his wartime experiences. He wanted to come home after his obligatory 25...


  • VIII Bomber Command 84

    17 August 1943
    The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 86

    24 August 1943
    The 8th Air Force is intent on dishing out some "pay back" to the Luftwaffe for the toll it took on bombers of the 17-Aug-43 mission to Schweinfurt/Regensburg. So, This mission has three attack elements and a diversion element. The attack elements are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

  • VIII Bomber Command 88

    31 August 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is composed of 170 B-17s from: 91BG (16); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (18); 306BG (18); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (19); and 384BG (18). The primary target for this element is German...

  • VIII Bomber Command 90

    3 September 1943
    German airfields in France and the Caudron-Renault works at Paris are the targets for this mission. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 168 B-17s from: 91BG (14); 351BG (19); 381BG (22); 92BG (19); 305BG ...


  • 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...

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1942

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Washington, USA 1942

Delivered to USAAF.

Assigned New Castle, DE 19720, USA 4 October 1942

Assigned to 368BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Thurleigh, Bedford MK44, UK 26 October 1942

Transferred to 369BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Grafton Underwood NN14, UK 5 September 1943

Transferred to 544BS, 384BG, 8AF USAAF.

Assigned Burtonwood, UK 15 March 1944

Transferred to 1 Base Air Depot.

Returned ZI 360 Coral Sea Blvd, Homestead Afb, FL 33039, USA 14 May 1944

Returned to the USA Homestead AAF.

Scrapped Arledge Field, Avoca, TX 79503, USA 23 November 1944

Scrapped Arledge Field


Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 16:27:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 15:20:21 ThomBear Changes to media associations

Family photo

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 15:16:32 ThomBear Changes to media associations

306th BG Historical Records

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2017 15:04:24 ThomBear Changes to nicknames

306 BG Historical Association

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:03 AAM AAM ingest

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