IWM catalogue record
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A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 385th Bomb Group ditches in the Mediterranean during a mission, 17 August 1943. Official caption on image: "A-74." Passed for publication 6 Sep 1943. Printed caption on reverse: '#14: Fortresses ditched in Mediterranean.' Censor no: 282475. On reverse: US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...
17 August 1943
The mission flown on 17-Aug-43, the 1st anniversary of the 1st mission flown by the 8th Air Force, is probably the most written about mission of the war. This is the famous Schweinfurt/Regensburg mission on which 60 B-17s are lost. It has been dubbed ...