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Bomb bursts cover the marshalling yards at Bologna, Italy, on 2nd September 1943 during a bombing raid by planes of the 99th Bomb Group, 346th Bomb Squadron, 15th Air Force. Photo taken by B-17F 42-29856 'Patches'.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A24851-122741AC.



  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 99th Bomb Group

    99th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Jun 1942. Trained with B-17's. Moved to North Africa, Feb-May 1943, and assigned to Twelfth AF. Entered combat in Mar 1943 and bombed such targets as airdromes, harbor...

  • 346th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29856 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 22/3/43; Tinker 9/4/43; Nashville 13/4/43; Morrison 18/4/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; transferred 815BS/483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action Weiner Neustadt 10/5...


Date Contributor Update
23 November 2016 13:48:50 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2016 13:44:20 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2016 13:41:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations