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

A flight of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 490th Bomb Group. B-17 (serial number 43-38728) is visible in the foreground. Image via Robert London. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'AC markings 490 BG.'



  • 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...


  • 43-38728

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 21/9/44; Dow Fd 15/10/44; Assigned 851BS/490BG Eye 19/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 11/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 9/11/45. £5 WITH...


Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 12:36:53 Emily Changes to caption and place associations

FRE 2098

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:24:52 AAM AAM ingest

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