B-17G-40-VE (Lockheed Vega) 30-Jun-44 Assigned to 487th Bomb Group (yellow tail/Square P)at USAAF Station 137, Lavenham, Suffolk, England
17-Mar-45 battle damage on mission to Ruhland, crash landed Rudnicke, Poland.
8th AAF Mission #892: 1,328 bombers and 820 P-51s are dispatched to hit oil,industrial and rail targets in Germany; clouds extend from 1,000 to 15,000 feet (305 to 4,572 m) and over the targets there is 9/10 to 10/10 cloud cover necessitating PFF methods for bombing; 5 B-17s and 2 P-51s are lost: 1. 527 B-17s are sent to hit the oil refinery at Ruhland (214); 138 hit the secondary target, the Bittefeld oil refinery; targets of opportunity are the Vomag munitions factory at Plauen (125), Fulda (19), Cottbus (11) and other (3); H2X radar is used; 4 B-17s are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 46 damaged; 1 airman is KIA, 1 WIA and 35 MIA. Escorting are 252 of 280 P-51s; 1 is lost (pilot MIA).
42-97996 found at Rudniki used by 890th Bomber Regiment/ 45th TBAD See: "B-17 Flying Fortress Story"
This 890th Bomber Regiment reference appears to indicate the Russian unit which later flew the plane.