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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 (LN-P, serial number 42-31220) nicknamed "Fletcher's Castoria" of the 100th Bomb Group. Image via Joseph Lee Written on slide casing: 'Nose Art "Fletcher's Castoria" B-17 G 42-31220 100th Bomb Group 356th Sqaudron, Thorpe Abbotts, England.'



  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...


  • 42-31220

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 16/10/43; Wilmington 21/10/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-P] Thorpe Abbotts 5/11/43 FLETCHER'S CASTORIA II; crashed on take off 4/12/43, rep; transferred 390BG Framlingham /44; Returned to the USA Rome 27/4/45; Recl...


  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:39:52 AAM AAM ingest

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