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Nose art of B-17G 42-3492 "Paper Doll", one of the 12 482BG aircraft fitted with pre-production H2X radar by MIT in a unique fairing behind the chin turret.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The nose art of a 482nd Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Paper Doll". Handwritten caption on reverse: '96.'



  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 812th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3492 'Paper Doll'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/7/43; Grenier 18/8/43; Assigned 305BG Chelveston 27/9/43; transferred 812BS/482BG [MI-H] Alconbury 20/8/43 (H2-X); Returned to the USA Morrison 28/4/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21/12...


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 00:50:55 Paul Bellamy Changes to caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Aircraft serial linked ref., additional connections added.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:08 AAM AAM ingest

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