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IWM catalogue record

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

A crashed B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-37899) nicknamed "Rack and Ruin" of the 486th Bomb Group. Official caption printed on image: '(GAD-78-2-486)(6-2-45)(43-37899) Crash Landing. 60441 AC.'



  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...


  • 43-37899

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/6/44; Kearney 13/6/44; Grenier 1/7/44; Assigned 833BS/486BG [4N-D] Sudbury 2/7/44; 835BS [H8-T]; {80m} returning from mission with Bill von Platen, John Daley, Morton Ronson, Dean Spencer, Cpl Lapke, Cpl Ray Richlow, Cpl Lockhard,...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:00 AAM AAM ingest

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