IWM catalogue record
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J Hoff, of the 398th Bomb Group, with Ray Bailey and George Hilliard, paints the nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-107078) nicknamed "Ole Blood 'N' Guts.". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On the stand: J Hoff, Standing on left- Ray Bailey, Standing on Right- George Hilliard.'
The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allied...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 14/2/44; Rapid City 17/2/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-U] Nuthampstead 25/4/44; battle damaged Merseburg 21/11/44 with Hyndman; force landed AOC Belgium, 21/11/44. Salvaged ASC 28/11/44; OLE BLOOD-N-GUTS.