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

A bomber crew of the 490th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number ) nicknamed "Lotta Stern". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Picture taken February 1945. Crew of "Gotham" C-Charlie. 851st Squadron, 490th Bomb Group 8th AF. 1st row kneeling left to right: Robert Showalter, ball turret gunner, Norman Borgman, tail gunner, Milton Sanford, radio operator, Gordon Handrell, flight engineer, Russell March, waist gunner. 2nd row standing, left to right: Chas Molloy, navigator, John Smith, co-pilot, Gerald Leland, pilot, Donald Hate, bombardier.'



  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 851st Bomb Squadron


  • Norman Borgman

    Military | Corporal | Aerial Gunner
    Member of Leland crew

  • Milton Sanford

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF
    Member of Leland crew

  • Robert Showalter

    Military | Corporal | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Gunner
    31 combat missions over Germany, Ball turret gunner on B-17 'Flying Fortress' also participated in 1 food drom (chowhound) mission over Holland at close of WWII. Air Medal w/4 Oak Leaf Clusterlstrs Member of Leland crew


  • 43-37926 'Lotta Stern'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/6/44; Kearney 18/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP- ] Thorpe Abbotts 2/7/44; transferred 490BG Eye 7/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 13/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 16/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...


Date Contributor Update
06 June 2016 14:50:52 emma simpson Changes to person associations

Part of the 490th Bomb Group.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:24:51 AAM AAM ingest

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