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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 26/3/44; Kearney 13/4/44; Grenier 29/4/44; Assigned 728BS/452BG [9Z- ] Deopham Green 3/5/44; damaged by enemy aircraft at Poltava with Joe Antol 21/6/44; repaired & re-ass 15AF Italy 29/9/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 11/12/44; 18m to depot 4/45; Returned to the USA 1103 BU Morrison 28/9/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 4/1/46.



  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...

  • 99th Bomb Group

    99th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor...

  • 728th Bomb Squadron
  • 346th Bomb Squadron


  • Deopham Green

    Military site : airfield
    Deopham Green was another air base constructed after America's entry into the war to Class A standards for use by the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. When the 452nd Bomb Group arrived in January 1943 they found a main runway of 2,000 yards, two...

  • Poltava

    Military site : airfield

  • Tortorella

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Delivered Cheyenne, Wyoming 26 March 1944
Assigned Deopham Green Airfield, UK 3 May 1944

452 BG
728 BS

Damaged in bomb atttack Poltava Airfield, Ukraine 21 June 1944
Assigned Tortorella Airfield, Italy 29 September 1944

99 BG
346 BS


Date Contributor Update
21 October 2018 23:31:28 466thHistorian Changes to production block number, manufacturer, events, unit associations and place associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2018 15:54:34 Pete Changes to markings

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2018 19:09:21 Pete Changes to description

452nd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:11 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log