IWM catalogue record
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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9043) nicknamed "Peggy D" of the 97th Bomb Group returns to base after a raid on Rouen. Printed caption on reverse: 'General Leads Flying Fortresses. The American Air Force yesterday carried out its first bombing raid on Europe, when a force of Boeing Flying Fortresses attacked the railway station at Rouen. O.P.S. One of the Flying Fortresses lands after the raid.' Handwritten on reverse: '17/8/42. 'Peggy D' 19043.' Passed for publication 18 Aug 1942. On reverse: US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps]. Handwritten caption on reverse: '"Peggy D" 19043.'
The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 342BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42 PEGGY D on co-pilot’s side; with Capt Bill Musselwhite on 1st 8AF mission 17/8/42; 92BG Bovingdon /9/42; transferred 534BS/381BG [GD-A1] Ridgewell 7/43 as hack & tow target; to 2SAD 21/8/43 and ret 24/8/43 used to...