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A B-17 Flying Fortress (MI-O, serial number 42-39880) of the 812th Bomb Squadron, 482nd Bomb Group during a visit to Fowlmere. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'How about this then! 482nd B.G. B-17 with codes!! MI-O 42-38880? at Fowlmere by the tower.'

IWM catalogue record

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

A B-17 Flying Fortress (MI-O, serial number 42-38880) of the 812th Bomb Squadron, 482nd Bomb Group during a visit to Fowlmere. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'How about this then! 482nd B.G. B-17 with codes!! MI-O 42-38880? at Fowlmere by the tower.'

Connections

Units

  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    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

Aircraft

  • 42-39880

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 29/9/43; Gr Island 29/10/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-O] Alconbury, with H2X scanner in ball turret 14/12/43; retUS 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 3/6/45; Love Fd 28/11/45; 3501 BU Boca Raton 16/12/45; Reconstruction Finance...

Locations

  • 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...

  • Fowlmere

    Military site : airfield
    Just as nearby Duxford was known as the 'Duck pond' by American airmen, so Fowlmere was known as 'the Hen Puddle' because of the wet conditions that pervaded the bases during the winter of 1943-1944. The 339th Fighter Group had no choice but to persist...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2015 01:05:02 Paul Bellamy Changes to caption, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Serial number corrected from photograph and aircraft reference entry http://www.americanairmuseum.com/aircraft/7262

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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