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'This Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress*" was Damaged Beyond Repair when 500 pound general purpose bombs exploded while being loaded into a plane**. 28 May 1943, England'.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A15338-A61462AC.

* 42-29808 412th BS, 95th BG, 8AF USAAF. Alconbury.
** 42-29685



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Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 20:35:25 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and place associations

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 17:46:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations