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B-17 Flying Fortress // Wikipedia Commons [Public Domain]

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B-17 Bomber Flying Fortress – The Queen Of The Skies 42-31031

42-31031

Delivered Boeing (by hand!) 4/9/43; Gr Isle 11/10/43; Assigned 8AF 24/10/43; transferred RAF [SR388]; 214 Sq BU-H Sculthorpe, Nfk. 21/1/44; No 1699 FLT [4Z-Z] Sculthorpe, Nfk.; Written off 26/7/45. (Last B-17F).

B-17 #41-9125 / Prowler

41-9125 / Prowler

Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 21/4/42; transferred 342BS/97BG Polebrook /8/43; with Alex Blair on first 8AF mission 17/8/42; courier flights to N Africa; 325BS/92BG Bovingdon 2/5/43 as tow target a/c.; on 4/5/43 involved in taxi accident with Jake Fullilove at Alconbury; PROWLER.

B-17 #41-9103 / Dixie Demo

41-9103 / Dixie Demo

Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 11/4/42; with Lt. Clarence L. Thacker on first 8AF mission 17/8/42; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; 91BG Bassingbourn 3/3/43; 385BG Gt Ashfield 8/43 as target tow & hack; Returned to the USA 23/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 19/12/45. DIXIE DEMO.

B-17 #41-9089 / Johnny Reb

41-9089 / Johnny Reb

Delivered: Sarasota 15/4/42; Assigned: 414BS/97BG Polebrook 4/42; on first 8AF mission 17/8/42 Pilot: Richard Starks, Bombardier: E.T. Sconiers{both wia}, rest unknown}; co-pilot Lt Don Walter KIA, the first 8AF heavy bomber fatality of WWII; Transferred: 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; 96BG Snetterton as tow target ship in /43; Recl Comp 27/11/45. JOHNNY REB.

B-17 #41-9026 / Baby Doll

41-9026 / Baby Doll

Polebook, England (342BS/97BG) – March 1942; Bovingdon, England (327/92BG) – 24 August 1942; Missing In Action – 6 September 1942. BABY DOLL.

B-17 #41-2578 / Butcher Shop aka Big Tin Bird

41-2578 / Butcher Shop aka Big Tin Bird

Pendleton, Oregon – 18 February 1942; Polebook, England (340BS/97BG) – April 1942; Bovingdon, England (326BS/92BG) – 25 August 1942; Glatton, England (457BG) – 3 March 1944; Kings Cliffe, England (77FS/20FG) – 3 August 1944; Alconbury, England (Salvaged) – 6 August 1945