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"Boeing B-17s returning from Lille creating a vapour trail."

-B-17F's 42-5060 422nd BS 305th BG, 41-24614 'SNAFU' 346th BS 305th BG, 41-24591 'Rigor Mortis' and 42-5052 'Old Testament' 366th BS, 305th BG among others.



  • 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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...


  • 41-24591 'Rigor Mortis'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-B] Presque Is 20/10/42; Grafton Underwood 29/10/42; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Ray Halliday, Co-pilot: Russ Brooke, Navigator: Bob Curtis, Bombardier: Clarry Veach, Radio Operator: Joe McKegney, Waist gunner: Alf...

  • 41-24614

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 364BS/305BG [JJ-R/A] Bangor 10/9/42; Grafton Underwood 25/10/42; transferred 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 4/5/44; Returned to the USA La Junta 14/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Searcey Fd, 31/7/45. SNAFU...

  • 42-5052 'Old Testament' 'Mizpah'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; New Castle 13/10/42; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-A] Chelveston 2/11/42; transferred 368BS/306BG [BO-E] Thurleigh 1/5/43; AFSC 19/4/43 - 9/6/43; 359BS/303BG [BN-E] Molesworth 25/9/43; transferred 427BS [GN-E]; Missing in Action...

  • 42-5060

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-5060 was delivered Cheyenne 13-Sep-42; Houlton 22-Oct-42; Assigned 422BS/305BG [JJ-Q] Chelveston 12-Nov-42; Missing in Action 4-Feb-43. Mission was to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany but the target was obscured by clouds,...


Date Contributor Update
28 April 2018 15:28:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations