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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 B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-6111) nicknamed "Hell's Belle" of the 457th Bomb Group with open bomb bay doors. Handwritten caption on reverse: '457 BG in Ch?? (No 406).'



  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...


  • 44-6111

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 3/5/44; Kearney 10/5/44; Grenier 24/5/44; Assigned 749BS/457BG [O] Glatton 5/6/44; Missing in Action Munich 12/7/44 with Ed Kozel, Co-pilot: Alvie Phares, Navigator: Selig Ratchick, Bombardier: Carl Altimus, Flight engineer/top turret...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:03 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection