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97th Bombardment Group (Heavy)



  • 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...


  • 41-9031

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered MacDill 18/3/42; West Palm Beach 30/3/42; to Karachi, India; crashed with John Holst 40m NW Mandvi, India 26/4/42; Written off 7/8/43.


  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
18 August 2015 18:28:34 bombercommand Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations