Boeing B-17 Units: USAAC and RAF

Eighth Air Force
Training Units
Reconnaissance
Pacific
North Africa and Italy
Anti-submarine, Panama Canal, Caribbean and Home Defence
RAF Service
RAF Use by Year

This list excludes a number of units that used the B-17 for a short period before converting to the B-29 without entering combat with the Flying Fortress.

Eighth Air Force

Unit

Dates

91st Bombardment Group

1942-1945

92nd Bombardment Group

1942-1945

94th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

95th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

96th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

97th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

100th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

301st Bombardment Group

1942-1945

303rd Bombardment Group

1942-1945

305th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

306th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

351st Bombardment Group

1942-1945

379th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

381st Bombardment Group

1942-1945

384th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

385th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

388th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

390th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

398th Bombardment Group

1943-1945

401st Bombardment Group

1943-1945

447th Bombardment Group

1943-1945

452nd Bombardment Group

1943-1945

457th Bombardment Group

1943-1945

482nd Bombardment Group

1943-1945

486th Bombardment Group

1944-1945

487th Bombardment Group

1944-1945

490th Bombardment Group

1944-1945

493rd Bombardment Group

1944-1945

Training Units

Unit

Dates

88th Bombardment Group

1942-1944

331st Bombardment Group

1932-1944

333rd Bombardment Group

1942-1944

346th Bombardment Group

1942-1944

383rd Bombardment Group

1942-1944

393rd Bombardment Group

1943-1944

395th Bombardment Group

1943-1944

396th Bombardment Group

1943-1944

469th Bombardment Group

1943-1944

488th Bombardment Group

1943-1944

Reconnaissance

Unit

Dates

Notes

1st Photographic Group

1941-1944

One of many aircraft types used

2nd Reconnaissance Group

1942-1944

One of many aircraft types used

5th Reconnaissance Group

1942-

One of many aircraft types used

9th Reconnaissance Group

1943-1944

One of many aircraft types used

11th Reconnaissance Group

1943-1944

One of many aircraft types used

25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance)

1944-1945

One of many aircraft types used

Pacific

Unit

Dates

5th Bombardment Group

1941-

7th Bombardment Group

-1945

11th Bombardment Group

1941-1943

19th Bombardment Group

1941-1944

43rd Bombardment Group

1941-1943

North Africa and Italy

Unit

Dates

Notes

2nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)

1937-

Anti-submarine, North Africa, Mediterranean

99th Bombardment Group

1942-1945

North Africa, Italy

301st Bombardment Group

1942-1945

Eighth Air Force, North Africa, Italy

463rd Bombardment Group

1943-1945

Italy

483rd Bombardment Group

1943-1945

Italy

Anti-submarine, Panama Canal, Caribbean and Home Defence

Unit

Dates

Notes

1st Search Attack Group

1942-1944

Anti-submarine

2nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)

1937-1943

Anti-submarine, North Africa, Mediterranean

6th Bombardment Group

1941-1943

Panama Canal

9th Bombardment Group

1940-1944

Caribbean

29th Bombardment Group

1939-1942

Caribbean

34th Bombardment Group

1940-1943

Home Defence

39th Bombardment Group

1940-1942

Home Defence

40th Bombardment Group

1940-1943

Caribbean, Panama Canal

304th Bombardment Group

1943

Anti-submarine

RAF

Squadron

Type and Dates

Duties

59

II: Dec 1942-Mar 1943

Far-East anti-submarine patrols

90

I: May 1941-Feb 1942

Daylight bomber squadron

206

II: Aug 1942-Apr 1944

Anti-submarine patrols, from Azores from October 1943

214

II: Jan 1944-Nov 1944
III: Nov 1944-Jul 1945

Radar counter measures with No. 100 group

220

I: Dec 1941-Aug 1942
II: Jul 1942-Apr 1945
III: Jul 1944-Apr 1945

Anti submarine patrols

223

II: Apr 1945-Jul 1945
III: Apr 1945-Jul 1945

Bomber support with No. 100 group

251

II: Mar 1945-Oct 1945

Air-sea rescue

519

II: Nov 1944-Sep 1945

Meteorological duties

521

II: Dec 1944-Feb 1946
III: May 1945-Feb 1946

Meteorological duties
As above

RAF use by Year

Squadron

1941

1942

1943

1944

1945

59

 

Anti-sub

Anti-sub

 

 

90

Bomber

Withdrawn

 

 

 

206

 

Anti-sub

Anti-sub

Anti-sub

 

214

 

 

 

100 Group

100 group

220

Anti-sub

Anti-sub

Anti-sub

Anti-sub

Anti-sub

223

 

 

 

 

100 Group

251

 

 

 

 

Air-sea rescue

519

 

 

 

Meteorological

Meteorological

521

 

 

 

 

Meteorological

Totals

2

4

3

4

6

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (7 December 2007), Boeing B-17 Units: USAAC and RAF, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_B-17_units.html

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