IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
French civilians and enlisted personnel look at the smoking wreck of a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 401st Bomb Group. Image via Frank F Kaye. The following handwritten captions contain conflicting information- First handwritten caption on reverse: 'Liers, Bel, 2/Lt JH Singleton 5 kit.' Second handwritten caption on reverse: 'Fignier, France 1945?' Third handwritten caption on reverse: '29/4/44 Cawnt Miss 401.' Fourth handwritten caption on reverse: 'Thank you.' Fifth handwritten caption on reverse is an annotation of the 'Thank you' above: 'Lt Col John H Woolnough's signature.'
The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...