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42-31909

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/44; Kearney 12/1/44; Romulus 24/1/44; Grenier 29/1/44; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-R] Bassingbourn 24/2/44; 140m Returned to the USA 1321 BU Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 18/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/12/45. NINE O NINE.

Marion Havelaar reported in his history of the group ("The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn : The 91st Bomb Group in World War II") that "Nine-O-Nine" completed either 126 or 132 consecutive missions without aborting for mechanical reasons, also believed to be a record.
M/Sgt. Rollin L. Davis, maintenance line chief of the bomber, received the Bronze Star for his role in achieving the record.

Service

Units

People

  • Rollin Davis

    Military | Sergeant | Crew Chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Awarded the Bronze Star for keeping the '909' flying for a record 140 missions Bronze Star

  • Thomas Flemming

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Thomas F Flemming served as a pilot with the 323rd Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group. ...

  • Marvin Nicholls

    Military | Sergeant | Crew Chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    As crew chief M/Sgt Nichols was on board 'Nine-O-Nine' for a 2am check flight piloted by Carl Clark. Just as the plane reached ground speed and wheels were up for take-off a truck pulling two trailers loaded with bombs crossed its path and the plane's...

Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , 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...

  • Kingman AAF

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured 15 December 1943
Scrapped Kingman, AZ, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 15:38:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to description, unit associations and person associations
Sources

"The Ragged Irregulars of Bassingbourn : The 91st Bomb Group in World War II" by Marion Havelaar, William N. Hess

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 18:13:53 terveurn Changes to markings
Sources

from AAF records

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 18:12:41 terveurn Changes to place associations
Sources

AAF records

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2017 22:16:11 SeattleSleeper Changes to media associations
Sources

Color Slide from Lt Thomas F. Flemming

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2014 21:29:00 jmchristel Changes to events
Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine-O-Nine

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2014 21:27:21 jmchristel Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames and unit associations
Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine-O-Nine

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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