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B-17G-60-BO 42-102918 "Idiot's Delight" of the 342nd Bomb Sq, 97th BG, went down 19 July 1944 (MACR 6688).

Standing L-R: Col Rogers, Major Parker, Lt Edge, Lt Bissell.

Kneeling L-R: Sgt's Hull, Magvy, Britt, Circello, Rightmire, McNeal.



  • 15th Air Force

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

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    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

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  • 42-102918 'Idiots Delight'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/44; Hunter 29/4/44; Grenier 14/5/44; Assigned 342BS/97BG Amendola 26/5/44; first 15AF aircraft to land in Russia on shuttle mission after bombing Debrecen marshalling yards 2/6/44; Missing in Action Munich 19/7/44 with 1Lt...


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27 August 2017 15:23:09 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations