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Nose art of B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24485) nicknamed "Memphis Belle"



  • 41-24485 Memphis Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2019 14:56:46 Emily Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations

Information provided by user Phil Marchese

Phil suggests that B-17 (serial number 42-102422) nicknamed "Catfish" was a Boeing manufactured B-17G in natural metal finish, while the aircraft in this photo is a B-17F.

There is also a visible indentation running along the panel above the chalked name, which confirms that the aircraft depicted is the Memphis Belle, as the same crease runs through the bomb tally of that aircraft. The positioning of the pinup's elbow at the cheek window and the her heel and knee at the panel line are also identical to how they appear in other confirmed photos of the Memphis Belle.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 02:12:22 Melissa Nourigat Created entry with collection, caption and unit associations

Personal family memoirs from KV Cashman.