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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-38719) nicknamed "Blue Hen Chick" of the 447th Bomb Group flies in formation with fellow Fortresses during a mission. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Blue Hen Chick.'



  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...


  • 43-38719 Blue Hen Chick

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 8/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 28/9/44; landing accident with Paul Miller 19/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 6/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:08 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection