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42-5736

B-17 Flying Fortress

(YB-40) Delivered Tulsa 5/11/42; Biggs 14/3/43; Orlando 5/4/43; Presque Is 3/5/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-C] Alconbury 14/5/43 as YB-40; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 3/8/43; 524BS/379BG [WA-P] Kimbolton 28/8/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 9/10/43; Returned to the USA 28/3/44; 3010 BU Williams 26/9/44; 3036 BU Yuma 11/11/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Ontario 18/5/45. TAMPA TORNADO.

Service

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 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...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron
  • 359th Bomb Squadron

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...

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

  • Presque Isle Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2021 08:15:56 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer and unit associations
Sources

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42-5736-tampa-tornado/

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2015 12:16:41 cody1947 Changes to nicknames and markings
Sources

Military and unit records

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

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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