My Dad (Lt. Arthur Barkey) had flight orders dated Feb 6 1945 that stated "...will proceed by air in the aircraft below (with list of full B-17 crew) from Dow Field, Bangor Maine via the North Atlantic Route to Gioria, Italy.....". His service record shows he left the USA Feb 6 and arrived in Italy Feb 27 - thus 3 weeks in transit. He was then based at Celone.
I am only generally familiar with the North Atlantic Route, but was it usual for it to take 3 weeks to get to Italy? Also, assuming that he flew the route to the UK, by what route did B-17 crews then get to Italy?
I appreciate any insight you might be able to provide.