In December 1944, the 3rd Bomb Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.
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A B-17 Flying Fortress (MZ-E, serial number 42-97554) of the 413th Bomb Squadron, 96th Bomb Group after ground collision at Rattlesden. Official caption on image: "594 (44) 4-6-44. W.R.U. Rattlesden. Collision. B-17G. 42-97554. F.A. F.S.A.D." Handwritten caption on reverse: '96th Bomb Group, 45th Combat Wing, 3rd Air Division.'
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Denver 19/12/43; Salt Lake City 27/12/43; 1SAG Langley 15/1/44; Mitchell 1/2/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury; transferred 337BS/96BG [AW-E] Snetterton 4/2/44; 413BS [MZ-E]; collided with aircraft of with 447BG Rattlesden in taxi accident 6...
Military site : airfield
Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from...
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection