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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 15/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-K] Deenethorpe 26/10/43; TDY Polebrook 16/6/44, ret 6/7/44; TDY Egypt 6/8/44, ret 29/8/44; force landed continent 3/3/45; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 7/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 17/12/45. BETTY J.




  • Loren Close

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 401st Bomb Group

  • Roscoe Tomlinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 613BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 31 x combat missions. Shot down 28-May-44 in B-17 42-102581 'Lonesome Polecat'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5306. Awards: PH.



  • 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...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


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Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 05:37:28 Changes to nicknames

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2015 05:34:42 Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:36 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log