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42-5740

B-17 Flying Fortress

(YB-40) Delivered Tulsa 7/11/42; Biggs 18/3/43; Montbrook 31/3/43; Presque Is 30/4/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-E] Alconbury 4/5/43; Returned to the USA Gander 2/11/43; 3010 BU Williams 26/9/44; 3036 BU Yuma 4/5/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Ontario 18/5/45. MONTICELLO.

The YB-40 were products of the Douglas Modification Center in Tulsa, OK. Although there two batches of 13 each and 12 each, there were no production blocks known to have been assigned to YB-40 program.

Service

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

People

  • Arthur Bomberger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner/Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 42-30231. Prisoner of War (POW).

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 62

    11 June 1943
    The harbour facilities, port areas and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven and Cuxhaven, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the largest number of heavy bombers yet despatched on a single mission - 252. This is the first mission flown...

  • VIII Bomber Command 63

    13 June 1943
    German naval facilities and port areas at Bremen, Germany and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A formation of 151 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (21); 92BG (17); 303BG (27); 305BG (24); 306BG (28); 351BG (21); and 379BG (13) are to...

  • VIII Bomber Command 65

    22 June 1943
    The German rubber industry (Chemische Werke Hüls AG) at Marl (district Hüls-Nord), Germany, is the primary objective of this mission and is assigned to the Bomb Groups with the most expericence. Also the industrial area of Antwerp, Belgium is assigned...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

Places

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 13:03:26 phil marchese Changes to production block number, markings and mission associations
Sources

AAF Histrorial Study 62.

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 13:00:55 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
Sources

Private research of Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 12:55:43 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
Sources

Private research by Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 16:34:10 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
Sources

Personal research by Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 16:30:42 BillBomb Changes to mission associations
Sources

Personal research by Alwyn Lloyd of Bellevue Washington

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2019 16:33:02 Emily Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual, p155

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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