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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-24 Liberator (serial number 42-94863) nicknamed "Ole Baldy" of the 493rd Bomb Group. Image via Mark Brown, AFA. Written on slide casing: 'Ol Baldy, 490 BG.' This aircraft was assigned to the 490th Bomb Group but flew no missions with them, before being transferred to the 493rd Bomb Group in Spring 1944.



  • 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...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...



Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:36:58 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection