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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 (MS-O, serial number 42-3177) nicknamed "The Hellion", of the 535th Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Group flies over countryside. Printed caption on reverse: '65922 USAF - From the altitude this Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" of the 381st Bomb Group is flying, the countryside resembles a patchwork quilt. U.S.AIR FORCE PHOTO.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'The Hellion.'



  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3177

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 26/4/43; transferred 337BS/96BG [AW-K] HELLER'S ANGEL Andrews Field, then THE HELLION /43; 535BS/381BG [MS-O] Ridgewell 15/7/43; 28m transferred to RAF 214 Sq [SR376] BU-? Sculthorpe,...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:01 AAM AAM ingest

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