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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9020) nicknamed "Tugboat Annie" of the 303rd Bomb Group, used as a tow-target.

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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9020) of the 303rd Bomb Group, used as a flight assembly ship.



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...


  • 41-9020 Phyllis, Tugboat Annie

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to 340BS/97BG at Polebrook on 3/42 as PHYLLIS. Collided with 41-9051 and repaired; 92BG Bovingdon 8/42; 303BG Molesworth 1/5/43 and was painted in bright colours as a formation ship; 2SAD Lt Staughton 19/7/44; on cross country trip from...


Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 10:11:05 Emily Changes to caption

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual, p160

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:03 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection