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A B-17F Flying Fortress (serial number 42-3290) nicknamed "Raunchy Wolf" in N Africa



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...


  • 42-3290 Raunchy Wolf, El Lobo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 28/4/43; Bangor 15/6/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-R] Gt Ashfield 17/6/43. ...


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2019 08:10:52 Emily Changes to caption and aircraft associations

Information added to B-17 42-30249 which was manufactured at Boeing a by user Phil Marchese states, that the depicted aircraft is not 42-30249: 'Associated image is a much earlier B-17F-DL from Douglas, Long Beach production. Note the cowl and nose demarcations are each higher than those from Seattle. Perhaps a digit has been mistakenly interjected in the identification. Serial range 42-30XX and 42-3XXX were from Long Beach .'

Associated to 42-3290 based on existing information and images on that record.

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2017 19:05:19 mvandemark Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations