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B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned 447BG Rattlesden 4/45 as PICCADILLY LILLY (last aircraft assgd grp), transferred to DB-17P Director for Drones at Air Defense Weapons Centre, 3205 Drone Group, Eglin till 1960, operating last B-17 mission for USAF, before retiring to Davis-Monthan, Az.; Civil N3713G at Chino, Cal 1984; Used in film `12 O'Clock High'. Now at Planes of Fame Air Museum, Chino, Cal., under restoration to fly, as PICCADILLY LILLY II (displayed as 42-31255).



  • Rattlesden

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...


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Date Contributor Update
13 March 2019 14:02:22 Pete Changes to nicknames and media associations

452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:59 AAM AAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log