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B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 10/4/44; Hunter 27/4/44; Dow Fd 10/5/44; Assigned 346BS/99BG Tortorella 19/5/44; in base taxi accident with Dick Schildmeyer 24/2/45; 97m Salvaged 26/4/45; WEARY WILLIE.



  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 5th Bomb Wing

    5th Bomb Wing

    The 5th Air Division (5th AD) originated on 19 October 1940 at McChord Field, Washington. Its initial mission was air defense of the northwest United States with three bombardment groups (12th, 17th and 39th) flying early B-17 Flying Fortresses (B-17C...

  • 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...

  • 346th Bomb Squadron




Event Location Date
Operation Frantic - Shuttle Bombing Debrecen, Hungary 6 February 1944

Participated in first shuttle bombing missions attacking Debrecen, Hungary, and landing on Russian air bases in Poltava, Ukraine.


Date Contributor Update
17 December 2018 06:50:54 Weary Willie Changes to events, unit associations and place associations

Lt. William A. Hunnewell Collection
99th BGHS

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2018 01:21:01 Weary Willie Changes to markings and events

Collection of Lt. William A. Hunnewell

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2018 08:34:34 Weary Willie Changes to nicknames

99th Bomb Group Historical Society
The Diamondbacks - The History of the 99th Bomb Group book

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:12 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log