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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 325BS/92BG Bangor 13/7/42; 97BG Polebrook 8/42; Salvaged NBD 21/10/42. DOTTIE.

This aircraft was assigned to 97BG/414BS and participated in the mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. The aircraft returned to Polebrook with extensive battle damage and was declared a Category E (damaged beyond repair) loss. The wreck was transferred to Burtonwood to be salvaged for spare parts. No information was found concerning the crew as of this writing 29-Oct-2014.



  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

  • 414th Bomb Squadron


  • VIII Bomber Command 15

    21 October 1942
    German U-Boat pens are Lorient, France are the Primary (P) targets for this mission along with the German airfield at Cherbourg, France. 93BG despatches 24-B-24s to Lorient, but cloud cover prevents them from bombing. The main attack force to Lorient...


  • Burtonwood

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the RAF in 1939-40, the RAF's No. 37 Maintenance Unit used the base from 1940 to 1942, before it became a joint Anglo-American maintenance and servicing airfield - a Base Air Depot. After the war it continued to be used as a maintenance and...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


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Date Contributor Update
22 July 2020 00:29:53 phil marchese Changes to markings

See FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945 discussions and example of paintwork and modifications.

Date Contributor Update
10 October 2016 13:22:24 Lucy May Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Lee Cunningham 29-Oct-2014. Description based on "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman; Lossed of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log