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Boeing Flying Fortress B-17

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft were bombers by design, but the RCAF versions"”three B-17E models and three B-17F models"”flew without armament since they were purely used as transport aircraft in Canadian service. RE64-957

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engined heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry (prototype Model 299/XB-17) outperformed both competitors and exceeded the Air Corps' performance specifications. Although Boeing lost the contract (to the Douglas B-18 Bolo) because the prototype crashed, the Air Corps ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances, becoming the third-most produced bomber of all time, behind the four-engined Consolidated B-24 Liberator and the multirole, twin-engined Junkers Ju 88.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the USAAF in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial, military and civilian targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central, eastern and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's night-time area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the Pacific War, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

From its prewar inception, the USAAC (by June 1941, the USAAF) promoted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a relatively fast, high-flying, long-range bomber with heavy defensive armament at the expense of bombload. It developed a reputation for toughness based upon stories and photos of badly damaged B-17s safely returning to base. The B-17 dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of approximately 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Nazi Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, over 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s. In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft.

The RCAF acquired six used B"‘17E and F aircraft from the United States in 1943. Stripped of all armament and armour, the aircraft were employed by the RCAF's No. 168 Squadron on a trans-Atlantic mail service vital to the morale of overseas forces. The aircraft were progressively modified and improved for service in this transport role, and some aircraft were subsequently stripped of paint and appeared in a polished, bare metal finish. No. 168 Squadron delivered more than two million pounds of mail between December 1943 and March 1946.

As of October 2019, nine aircraft remain airworthy, though none of them were ever flown in combat. Dozens more are in storage or on static display. The oldest of these is a D-series flown in combat in the Pacific on the first day of World War II. Wikipedia and RCAF



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Flying Fortress 9202

s/n
 9202
c/n
 8096

Known Squadron Assignments: 168

Ex USAAF B-17F-30-DL, serial number 42-3160. Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115. Mk. IIIA designation was unofficial. Taken on strength on 6 December 1943. Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe and North Africa. Scheduled for first trans-Atlantic mission on 14 December 1943, went u/s and replaced by 9204. Flew first mission on 22 December 1943. Fitted with flip down metal nose cone. Flew load of penicillin to Prestwick on 19 October 1945, for delivery on to Warsaw by RCAF Dakota. Probably first example of Canadian foreign aid being delivered by military aircraft. Left Ottawa for Prestwick with another load on 31 October 1945. Crashed on Haller Egge, Eggerberg (near Muenster, Germany) at 13:30 local time on 4 November 1945, struck trees on high ground flying below bad weather en route to Poland with another load of medical supplies. Crew is commemorated on plaques in Warsaw and Ottawa. last update: 2024-March-07
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1943-December-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1945-November-04 Accident: 168 Transport Squadron ROCKCLIFFE Loc: Halle Germany Names: Caldwell | Harling | Phillips | Roche | Webster
   1946-February-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crashing near Muenster, Germany, en route to Poland with medical supplies, on 4 November 1945. 2019-08-20
1945-November-04 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Donald Forrest Caldwell 2023-12-03
1945-November-04 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Edward Pattern Harling 2021-02-25
1945-November-04 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Edwin Erwin Phillips 2021-02-25
1945-November-04 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Norbert David Roche 2021-02-24
1945-November-04 KIA RCAF Squadron Leader Alfred Ernest Webster DFC 2021-02-24
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 353

Flying Fortress 9203

s/n
 9203
c/n
 6397

Known Squadron Assignments: 168

Ex USAAF B-17F-45-VE, serial number 42-6101. Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115. Taken on strength on 6 December 1943. Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe and Africa. First squadron trip to Egypt completed on 3 January 1944. Lost at sea between Morocco and Azores with 5 crew and 3 passengers, only a few mail bags ever found. last update: 2024-March-07
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1943-December-06 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-December-15 Accident: 168 HTS Loc: Azores Names: Bruce | Dickson | Hillcoat | Labrish | Pullar | Ruttledge | Sharpe | Wilson
   1945-June-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, having been lost since 15 December 1944, see comments. 2019-08-20
1944-December-15 KIA RCAF Corporal Robert Emerson Bruce 2023-02-08
1944-December-15 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Cecil Alexander Dickson AFC 2023-02-12
1944-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Horace Brougham Hillcoat AFC, AFM 2023-02-12
1944-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Frederick Blair La Brish AFC 2023-02-12
1944-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Stewart Pullar DFC 2023-02-15
1944-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Alfred John De Laune Ruttledge DFC & Bar 2023-02-15
1944-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant Douglas Haig Sharpe 2023-02-16
1944-December-15 KIA RCAF Flight Lieutenant William Laurel Wilson 2023-02-16
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 353

Flying Fortress 9204

s/n
 9204
c/n
 8305

Known Squadron Assignments: 168

Ex USAAF B-17F-50-DL, serial number 42-3369. Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115. Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe. Flew first scheduled trans-Atlantic mission by this unit, leaving Rockcliffe on 15 December 1943. Weathered in at Dorval until 17 December, at Gander until 20 December, reached UK the same day. Carried 2 passengers and 5,502 pounds of mail. Category C accident in 1944, date unknown. last update: 2024-March-03
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1943-December-09 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-September-17 Accident: 168 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Names: Gates | MacDonald | Martin | Morin | Proudfoot
   1944-October-11 Struck off Strength Struck off, after Category A damage at Rockcliffe on 17 September 1944. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 353

Flying Fortress 9205

s/n
 9205
c/n
 2614
c/r
 LC‑RTP

Known Squadron Assignments: 168

EX USAAF B-17E-BO, serial number 41-9142. Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115. Also reported as Mk. IIA, both designations probably unofficial. Quote from RCAF receiving report: "very dilapidated, all the parts being badly worn". Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe. Extensive damage 23 January 1944, in mid air collision with Wellington (probably JA268), between Prestwick and Gibraltar, losing 2 engines. Damage to nose, wings, and tail. Mail jettisoned, returned to the UK, crew received four AFCs and one Air Medal. Nose replaced with fabric fairing, later fitted with flip down metal nose cone. To Gibraltar, via Azores, June 1944. Gear up landing on 19 November 1944 at Rockcliffe. Category C damage at the Azores, 6 April 1945. Carried A/C Plant from Rockcliffe to Sea Island in October 1945. Carried penicillin to Warsaw, leaving Ottawa on 16 November 1945. Flew Vancouver to Rockcliffe non-stop in 7 hours, 26 minutes on 16 January 1946. Transferred to No. 9 (T) Group in April 1946, used briefly for search and rescue by No. 412 (T) Squadron. On standby for Exercise Musk Ox in April and May 1946, while with this unit. Flew to the UK in May 1946, delivering experienced 168 Squadron crews to brief returning Dakota crews on flying the North Atlantic. Sold, to Argentine civil register as LC-RTP, used to carry beef. Reported scrapped in 1964. last update: 2024-March-07
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1943-December-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1944-January-22 Accident: 168 Transport Squadron Loc: Port Reath Names: Demarco | Dickson | Hillcoat | Lebrish | Rosenbaum
1944-May-01 Accident: 168 Squadron Loc: Rock Stn Names: Lloyd | Mcfee | Whitehead
1944-November-19 Accident: 168 HT Squadron Loc: Rockliffe Names: Appleton | Downer | Mackenzie | Ready | Turner
   1946-December-27 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 353

Flying Fortress 9206

s/n
 9206
c/n
 2249
c/r
 LC‑RTO

Known Squadron Assignments: 168

Ex USAAF B-17E-BO, serial number 41-2438. Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115. Taken on strength on 21 December 1943. Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe. Fitted with flip down metal nose cone. By end of the war in natural metal finish, coded "QB". Sold, to Argentine civil register as LC-RTO, used to carry beef. Reported scrapped in 1964. last update: 2024-March-07
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1943-December-21 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1945-April-06 Accident: 168 Squadron Loc: Lagons Azores Names: Demarco | Green | Mayou | McCabe | Townsen
   1946-June-07 Struck off Strength Struck off, later sold. This date is from Griffin, Vincent reports date as 7 July 1946. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 353

Flying Fortress 9207

s/n
 9207
c/n
 2392

Known Squadron Assignments: 168

Ex USAAF B-17E-BO, serial number 41-2581. Ordered on Purchase Order CA 000115. Taken on strength on 2 February 1944. Used by No. 168 Heavy Transport Squadron, Rockcliffe, for mail flights to Europe. Seen to climb steeply and stall and spin under full power, shortly after take off from Prestwick for Canada, on 2 April 1944. Destroyed by post impact fire, 5 fatalities. No official cause of crash found, but report theorizes that cargo shifted in flight shortly after take off. Aircraft did not have final version of RCAF developed mail restraints installed. last update: 2024-March-03
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1944-February-02 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-April-02 Accident: 168 Squadron Loc: Prestwick Scotland Names: Cathcart | Gaunt | Lavergne | Mcfadden | Shanahan

Transport 1944-04-02 to 1944-04-02

168 (HT) Sqn (RCAF) Prestwick, Scotland

168 Heavy Transport Squadron RCAF Rockcliffe. B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft 9207 took off from Prestwick, Scotland on the first leg of a trans-Atlantic mail flight to RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ottawa, Ontario. The aircraft climbed steeply under full engine power, stalled, dropped the port wing and spun in, bursting into flames. All 5 members of the crew were killed. It was suspected that the mail, and possibly other cargo, shifted aft during the takeoff causing the aircraft to stall and crash. The aircraft was apparently heavier than normal and strapping to stop the cargo from shifting in flight had not yet been installed

Flying Officer N C Cathcart (USA)(RCAF), Flying Officer G T Gaunt (RCAF), Flying Officer H C McFadden (RCAF), Flying Officer J D Shanahan (RCAF) and Corporal E I Lavergne (RCAF) were all killed in action

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   1944-May-03 Struck off Strength Struck off, after crashing at Prestwick, Scotland on 2 April 1944. See comments. 2019-08-20
1944-April-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Norman Carrel Cathcart 2024-01-20
1944-April-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Gordon Thomas Gaunt 2024-01-20
1944-April-02 KIA RCAF Corporal Elmer Ivan Lavergne 2024-01-20
1944-April-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Hugh Charles McFadden 2024-01-20
1944-April-02 KIA RCAF Flying Officer John Donald Shanahan 2024-01-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 353

Flying Fortress AN522

s/n
 AN522
m/d
 299T
c/n
 2054

Known Squadron Assignments: 90

Was USAAF B-17C s/n 40-2053. Returned to Boeing for resale to UK; contract signed Jan41. Norden bombsight removed and Sperry auto-pilot installed. Atlantic Ferry Organization (ATFERO), Dorval, Montreal, Canada. Used by ATFERO for training at McChord Field, Tacoma, WA. Delivered to Royal Air Force Apr41 as Fortress Mark I, serial AN522 [initially marked incorrectly as AM522] at Portland, OR [to avoid higher WA Sales Tax]. Ferried to Boise, ID Apr41, to Cheyenne, WY Apr 1941 and to Patterson Field, Dayton, OH Apr41. Ferried to Wright Field, OH 5 May 1941 for painting and installation of self-sealing fuel tanks. Ferried to Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island, NY May 1941 for preparation for delivery flight to England. Ferried to RCAF Gander, Newfoundland. Ferried RCAF Gander, Newfoundland to Heathfield, Ayr, Scotland 14/15 May 1941. No.90 Squadron [WP-J], RAF Watton, Norfolk 3 May 1941. RAF West Raynham, Norfolk 15May41. On 22nd June 1941 the aircraft departed from RAF Great Massingham flying the short distance to West Raynham to pick up passengers and crew for the test flight. Then took off from West Raynham, the purpose of the flight was to allow physiological research and tests to be done at high altitude. On board alongside the crew of five airmen were two senior medical officers in the rear of the aircraft and a further qualified pilot who was to take temperature readings in the cockpit cabin. The aircraft was to fly at an altitude of 30,000ft so that a problem resulting in oxygen masks freezing was to be investigated and an assessment of the energy used by air gunners while in combat was also to be monitored. An hour after taking off and while flying between 30,000 and 31,000ft the aircraft entered a large cumulonimbus cloud. The temperature in the aircraft was estimated to have dropped by some 20 degrees and pieces of ice began to enter through the open rear gun ports. After around a minute of flying in these conditions the aircraft entered a steep and high-speed dive after control was lost while flying in this very turbulent weather. The pilot was able to regain some control briefly and was able to begin to pull out of the dive but before the aircraft fully pulled out of the dive the forces on the airframe were too great and the port wing spar failed at around 25,000ft. The port wing broke off at around the port outer engine nacelle and this was followed by the disintegration of the aircraft in the air. None of the six crew in the front of the aircraft stood any chance with none able to attempt to abandon the aircraft because of the forces involved and they went down with the aircraft. The two medical officers in the rear of the aircraft had both been able to reach their parachutes and clip them onto their harnesses, one of these officers became wedged by the port guns and although the other man was able to free him he then abandoned the aircraft through the starboard gun port and landed safely. The other medical officer remained unable to get himself clear of the aircraft and he also went down with the aircraft. Because of the height this aircraft broke up and the wreckage was spread over a wide area from the region of Catterick racecourse in the south-west and extended to some six miles north-east of Catterick Bridge. The port wing section was found towards the north-east end of the trail while much of the cockpit section, the engines and most of the fuselage were found nearer the south-west end. Part of a wing section was found resting against the rear of the Farmers Arms pub at Catterick Bridge and further fragments of the aircraft were in the fields beyond this pub. It is likely that a restricted oxygen supply caused by freezing at altitude caused the pilot to lose control (7KIA:1RTD). Salvaged 9 Jul 1941. At the time of the accident it had flown a total of 66 hours. First B-17 lost in WWII. The second pilot was 1st Lt Follett Bradley Jnr, USAAC who became the first American casualty of WWII. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1941-June-22 KIA RCAF Sergeant Thomas James Wills 2021-07-08

Flying Fortress AN525

s/n
 AN525
m/d
 299T
c/n
 2058

Known Squadron Assignments: 90

Was USAAF B-17C s/n 40-2057. Returned to Boeing for resale to UK; contract signed Jan41. Norden bombsight removed and Sperry auto-pilot installed. Atlantic Ferry Organization (ATFERO), Dorval, Montreal, Canada. Used by ATFERO for training at McChord Field, Tacoma, WA. Delivered to Royal Air Force as Fortress Mark I, serial AN525 [initially marked incorrectly as AM525] at Portland, OR [to avoid higher WA Sales Tax]. Wright Field, Dayton, OH for painting and installation of self-sealing fuel tanks. Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island, NY for preparation for delivery flight to England. Ferried RCAF Gander, Newfoundland to Heathfield, Ayr, Scotland 26/27 May 1941. No.90 Squadron [WP-D], RAF Polebrook, Oundle 21Aug41. Failed to return from a mission to the German cruiser Admiral Scheer in Oslo harbour, Norway 8 Sep 1941. Damaged by two Bf 109T-2’s flown by Jacobi and Steinicke of 13./JG.77, but shot one of them down first, the bomber, on fire, went on to crash in mountainous country, Norway. Crew buried in Bygland churchyard, Otra Valley, 100 miles north of Kristiansand, Norway. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1941-September-08 KIA RCAF Flight Sergeant Henry Marie Joseph Jacques Armand Merrill 2023-07-23
1941-September-08 KIA RAF Flying Officer David Albert Romans DFC 2023-07-23

Flying Fortress FA698

s/n
 FA698
m/d
 299P
c/n
 3282

Known Squadron Assignments: 59

Was USAAF B-17F-27-BO s/n 41-24597. Loan to Royal Air Force as Fortress Mark II, serial FA698 at Dorval, Montreal 14 Nov 1942. No.45 Group, Ferry Command, Dorval, Montreal. Ferried on the North Atlantic route; Gander, Newfoundland to RAF Prestwick, Ayr, Scotland 23 Nov 1942. No.22 Elementary Flying Training School, Hamble, Hants 29 Jan 1943. No.59 Squadron [V], RAF Chivenor, Devon 6 Feb 1943. Accident returning from an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay 26 Mar 43 (3KIA:4INJ). The pilot failed to carry out a full and correct Blind Approach Beam System (BABS) procedure and had begun his decent outside the centreline of the beam in low cloud, at night and at the end of a ten hour patrol. The aircraft crashed into a hill at Luscott Barton, Braunton, Devon. Salvaged 31 Mar 1943. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1943-March-26 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert Simeon Sandelin 2021-08-04

Flying Fortress FA705

s/n
 FA705
m/d
 299P
c/n
 3613

Known Squadron Assignments: 206

Ex USAAF B-17F 42-5074. No.206 Squadron [2-O], Lajes Field, Terceira Island, Azores 8 Nov 43. Missing on patrol off Lajes Field, Terceira Island, Azores 6 Jan 1944, shot down by submarine U-470 (9KIA). SOC 31 Jan 1944 at 343.35 flying hours. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1944-January-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Donald Luther Heard 2021-08-09
1944-January-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Oliver Ambrose Keddy 2021-08-12
1944-January-06 KIA RAF Squadron Leader Anthony James Pinhorn DFC 2021-08-14

Flying Fortress FK202

s/n
 FK202
m/d
 299O
c/n
 2610

Known Squadron Assignments: 220

ex USAAF B-17E 41-9138. Long Range Air to Surface Vessel (LRASV) radar trials 7 Jul 1942. With 220 Squadron. Failed to return from a submarine sweep, crashed at sea 500 miles southwest Terceira, Azores 25 Oct 1943. SOC 8 Nov 1943 at 281.05 flying hours. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1943-October-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Alfred William Dungate 2024-01-26
1943-October-25 KIA RCAF Flying Officer William Henry Offler 2021-08-18
1943-October-25 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Maxwell Everette Varney 2021-07-13

Flying Fortress FK206

s/n
 FK206
m/d
 299O
c/n
 2674

Known Squadron Assignments: 220

ex USAAF B-17E 41-9202. No.220 Squadron. Ferried to St. Mawgan (Station 512), Cornwall then on to Lajes Field, Terceira Island, Azores 9 Oct 1943. Detailed for a submarine patrol 4 Dec 1943, the first aircraft to lift off the new PSP runway, the aircraft crashed into the sea after takeoff from Lajes Field, Terceira Island, Azores. Three bodies found, two Canadian and one Australian, who were buried in Lajes War Cemetery. SOC 31 Dec 1943. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1943-December-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Joseph Edward Rock Boudreault 2023-07-24
1943-December-04 KIA RAF Warrant Officer Michael Patrick Campion GC 2023-12-17
1943-December-04 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Carl Thomas Flack 2023-07-24

Flying Fortress FK209

s/n
 FK209
m/d
 299O
c/n
 2675

Known Squadron Assignments: 59

ex USAAF B-17E 41-9203. With 59 Squadron. Missing with an all Canadian crew on an anti-submarine patrol over the North Atlantic 23 Mar 1943. Shot down over Bay of Biscay by a Ju 88C flown by Oblt Hermann Horstmann of 13/KG 40 (8KIA). SOC 31 Mar 1943. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class William James Arnold 2023-07-28
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer George Cojocar 2024-03-13
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Clarence Lummis Copping 2024-04-14
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Richard Glover Montgomery 2021-03-04
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Frank Spino 2022-06-02
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Richard John Weatherhead 2021-03-04
1943-March-23 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Willard Christian Zapfe 2021-07-06

Flying Fortress FK212

s/n
 FK212
m/d
 299O
c/n
 2709

Known Squadron Assignments: 220

ex USAAF B-17E 41-9237. No.220 Squadron [NR-V], RAF Ballykelly, Northern Ireland 31 July 1942. RAF Aldergrove, Northern Ireland Feb 1943. RAF Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, Scotland 23 Mar 1943. Missing on "Musketry 3" patrol 14 Jun 1943. Attacked and shot down over the Bay of Biscay by Ju 88C flown by Lt Lothar Wolff of 15/KG 40 (9KIA). SOC at 602.10 flying hours. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1943-June-14 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class William Minor Comba 2024-03-25

Flying Fortress HB763

s/n
 HB763
c/n
 7573

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

Was USAAF B-17G-40-BO s/n 42-97100. No.214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron [BU-T]. No.100 Group, RAF Oulton, Aylsham, Norfolk 7Jun44. Used for radio counter measures. Failed to return from a radio counter measures mission to Rüsselsheim am Main, Germany 25/26 Aug 1944 (6POW:4KIA). Shot down by German night hunter Uffz Egon Engling of NJG2, crashed at Ober-Ramstadt, SE of Darmstadt, Germany. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1944-August-25 PoW RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class G H P Gibbens 2024-06-06

Flying Fortress HB785

s/n
 HB785
c/n
 7938

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

Was USAAF B-17G-50-BO s/n 42-102436. No.214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron [BU-A], No.100 Group, RAF Oulton, Norfolk. Used for radio counter measures. Failed to return from a "Jostle" bomber support mission to the Braunkohle Benzin AG synthetic oil refinery at Leipzig, Germany 21Mar45 (10KIA - RAF/RCAF). Shot down by German night hunter Fw. Helmut Burkhard of 1./NJG 5, the bomber crashed at Sulzbach, 5km ESE from Grossostheim, Germany. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1945-March-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Hilton Mackay Carter 2024-05-17
1945-March-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Douglas Nugent Donald 2024-05-26
1945-March-21 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Robert Verdun Kingdon 2024-06-04
1945-March-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer James Walter Pellant 2024-06-22
1945-March-21 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer William Arthur Routley 2021-08-06
1945-March-21 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Robert George Wilson 2021-07-07

Flying Fortress HB787

s/n
 HB787
c/n
 7940

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

Was USAAF B-17G-50-BO s/n 42-102438. No.214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron [BU-J], No.100 Group, RAF Oulton, Aylsham, Norfolk 31Jul44. Used for radio counter measures. Crashed on return from a radio counter measures mission to the Opel motor factory at Rüsselsheim am Main 16 Nov 1944. Approaching base the bomber crashed and was destroyed by fire in a field of wheat stubble one mile south of RAF Foulsham, Norfolk (10KIA - RAF/RCAF/RNZAF). https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1944-November-16 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Archibald Havill Leitch 2021-08-13
1944-November-16 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Richard Edmond Mooney 2021-09-23
1944-November-16 KIA RAFVR Sergeant Charles Gordon MacKay Ogilvie 2021-08-18

Flying Fortress HB788

s/n
 HB788
c/n
 7941

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

Was USAAF B-17G-50-BO s/n 42-102439. No.214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron [BU-B], No.100 Group, RAF Oulton, Aylsham, Norfolk 10 Aug 1944. Used for radio counter measures. Shot down on a radio counter measures "Jostle" mission to attack the Mittelland Canal where it crossed the River Aa at Gravenhorst, Germany 7 Nov 1944 (10 KIA - RAF/RCAF/RAAF). https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1944-November-06 KIA RCAF Warrant Officer 1st Class Raymond Daniel Picciano 2021-08-14

Flying Fortress KJ103

s/n
 KJ103
c/n
 7736

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

ex USAAF B-17G-60-VE s/n 44-8336. Delivered to Royal Air Force as Fortress Mark III, serial KJ103 at Dorval, Montreal 13 Aug 1944. No.45 Group, Transport Command, Dorval, Montreal 22 Aug 1944. Ferried to RAF Prestwick, Ayr, Scotland, 28/29 Aug 1944. Scottish Aviation, Prestwick, Scotland 25 Oct 1944 for modifications. Equipped with H2S airborne radar. Used for radio counter measures. No.214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron [BU-M], No.100 Group, RAF Oulton, Aylsham, Norfolk 9 Dec 1944. Returning from a "Jostle" bomber support mission in the early hours of 17 Jan 1045, the landing gear failed to fully lock down on approach to Oulton. Concerned about the fuel state, the pilot carried out an overshoot and circuit but without full flaps. Lining up again with the runway, the aircraft struck trees on the approach tearing off much of he left wing, the aircraft nosing in, turned over and was destroyed by fire (1KIA - RCAF:6INJ). https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1945-January-17 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Terrance Valleau McKee 2021-08-17

Flying Fortress KJ106

s/n
 KJ106
c/n
 7739

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

ex USAAF B-17G-60-VE 44-8339. Delivered to Royal Air Force as Fortress Mark III, serial KJ106 at Dorval, Montreal 13 Aug 44. No.45 Group, Transport Command, Dorval, Montreal 22 Aug 44. Ferried to RAF Prestwick, Ayr, Scotland, 29 Aug 44, arriving 1 Sep 44. No.12 Maintenance Unit, RAF Kirkbride, Cumberland Sep 1944. Scottish Aviation, Prestwick, Scotland 25 Oct 44 for modifications. No.214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron [BU-G], No.100 Group, RAF Oulton, Aylsham, Norfolk 28 Dec 1944. Equipped with H2S airborne radar. Used for radio counter measures. Failed to return from a bomber support mission for "Jostle" duties in the Hamburg area 7 Mar 1945 (5KIA - RAF/RCAF/RNZAF:5POW - RAF/RAAF). Crashed near Pippensen, two miles from Buxtehude, Germany. The official report states that cause was flak; another source states the cause was a night fighter and yet another, that they were shot down by a Lancaster bomber. SOC 8 Mar 1945. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1945-March-07 KIA RCAF Pilot Officer Harry Leonard Henderson 2021-08-09
1945-March-07 KIA RCAF Flying Officer Nicholas Peters 2021-08-16

Flying Fortress SR382

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 SR382
c/n
 5923

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

Ex USAAF B-17F 42-30809. Equipped with H2S airborne radar. Used for radio counter measures. Transferred to Royal Air Force 22 Jan 1944 as Fortress Mark II, serial SR382. No.214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron [BU-B], No.100 Group, RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk 2 Feb 1944. Failed to return from a radio counter measures mission 22 Jun 1944 (5KIA - RAFVR:3POW:1EVD - RCAF). During the early hours, the Fortress was shot down over the Netherlands by a German night fighter while returning from a raid on Gelsenkirchen, Germany 22 Jun 1944. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1944-June-22 Evader RCAF Warrant Officer Douglas R Jennings DFC 2024-06-08

Flying Fortress SR384

s/n
 SR384
c/n
 6084

Known Squadron Assignments: 214

Ex USAAF B-17F 42-30970. Equipped with H2S airborne radar. Used for radio counter measures. Transferred to Royal Air Force 21 Jan 1944 as Fortress Mark II, serial SR384. No.214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron [BU-A], No.100 Group, RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk 2 Feb 1944. RAF Oulton, Aylsham, Norfolk 16May44. Failed to return from a mission to Antwerp, Belgium 25May44 (2KIA:7POW). Shot down by nightfighter flown by Oblt Hermann Leube, 4/NJG 3 and crashed into Oosterschelde of Yerseke, Netherlands May 25, 1944. https://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html last update: 2024-March-07
1944-May-25 PoW RCAF Pilot Officer James Edward McCutchan 2024-06-06

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