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B-17G serial 44-6202 "The Baby Shoe III" of the 833rd BS, 486th BG forms the backdrop for this aircraft's namesake: a single infant's shoe, held by 1st Lt Edward C Unger (L) and a second, unidentified crew member. Probably taken 13 January 1945 upon completion of Unger's 28th mission.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

  • 833rd Bomb Squadron


  • Edward Unger

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Ferried B-17 43-37716 '5-Grand' to ETO. ...


  • 44-6202

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 30/5/44; Assigned 486BG as THE BABY SHOE III; transferred Boca Raton 29/8/44; 3501 BU Boca Raton 2/9/44; 4119 BU Brookley 19/9/45; 3501 BU Boca Raton 7/10/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20...


Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 19:23:20 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 19:23:03 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2018 19:05:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations