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42-30720

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Dallas 17/7/43; Gore 18/7/43; Dallas 21/7/43; Geiger 8/8/43; Gr Isle 10/8/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG Thurleigh; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-O] Kimbolton 19/10/43; transferred 15AF 2/5/44; Ret UK AFSC 7/6/44; Returned to the USA 4136 BU 3/7/44; 610 BU Eglin 23/2/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 5/1/46. NINE YANKS AND A REBEL.

Service

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    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,...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron
  • 526th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Carl Christensen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier / L,R Waist Gunner, Nose Gunner / Togglier | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) in 42-31083; A/C exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

  • Howard Damon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio operator | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Marshall Fisher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Elmer Koelling

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. ETD. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Martin

    Military | Sergeant | Flight engineer / Top turret | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 525BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 32 x combat missions. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Sanford

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Nine Yanks and a Rebel'. . Flew 26 missions DFC w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

Places

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Seattle, WA, USA 1943

Built at Boeing.

Delivered Dallas, TX, USA 17 July 1943

Delivered Dallas AAF 17-Jul-43.

Assigned Thurleigh, Bedford MK44, UK September 1943

Assigned 367BS, 306BG, 8AF Sep-43.

Assigned Kimbolton, UK 19 October 1943

Transferred 526BS, 379BG, 8AF 19-Oct-43.

Combat damage 11 January 1944

Port stabiliser damaged after hit by rocket on 11-Jan-44.

Combat damage 6 February 1944

Starboard inner prop lost 6-Feb-44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 17:30:21 TennyBelle Changes to unit associations
Sources

edited connections to 367/306

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 17:25:26 TennyBelle Changes to unit associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
22 March 2018 17:24:41 TennyBelle Changes to unit associations and mission associations
Sources

8th AF mission database

Date Contributor Update
15 September 2017 15:49:18 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, markings and events
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log
Roger Freeman Collection Object number FRE 1235

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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