IWM catalogue record
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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24486) nicknamed "Man O' War" of the 306th Bomb Group. Image stamped on reverse: Passed for publication 6 Nov 1942.' [stamp] and '231644.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '"MAN O' WAR" OF THE FLYING FORTRESSES. "Man-o-War" - the famous American racehorse, has provided the crew of a B-17 - one of the Flying Fortresses now used by the United States Of America Air Force stationed in the country - with an inspiration for their mascot. Each engine has (been) named after horses sired by "Man O' War", including season's crack "Whirlaway". Photo shows:- B-17 - one of the Flying Fortresses used by the American Air Force now stationed in this country. Fox. 6-11-42.'
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17F 41-24486 'Man O' War' assigned 306BG/367BS Westover 17-August-42; Thurleigh 13-October-1942; Missing in Action on mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. 9-Nov-1942. Hit by flak KO’d #2, with two others damaged, crashed into the...