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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-38400) nicknamed "Alice Blue Gown" of the 490th Bomb Group. Image by Captain Arnold Delmonico, photographic officer 490th Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'Alice Blue Gown.'



  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...


  • Jay Cowan

    Military | Master Sergeant | 490th Ground Crew Leader
    Jay Dee Cowan was born on October 11, 1919 in Loredo, Texas. ...

  • Arnold Delmonico

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Photographic Officer


  • 43-38400 ALICE BLUE GOWN

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/7/44; Hunter 8/8/44; Grenier 3/9/44; Assigned 851BS/490BG Eye 12/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 16/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 18/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 15/12/45. ALICE...


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2018 14:22:04 RayWells Changes to person associations

Jay Cowan's Grandson

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:36:47 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection