Post war B-17G Flying Fortress (serial number 44-83684) painted in the markings of the 452nd Bomb Group on 3 October 1970.
Handwritten on front of slide casing: 'Oct. 3, 1970, Farmer.' Handwritten on reverse of slide casing: 'B-17, 452nd B.G.'
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).
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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