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B-17 Flying Fortresses nicknamed "London Avenger", "Bermondsey Battler", "Rotherhithe's Revenge" and "Bermondsey", 16 February 1944. Passed for publication 16 Feb 1944. Censor no: 305411.

Handwritten caption on reverse: '16/2/44.'
Printed caption on reverse: ' CHRISTENS U.S. FORTRESS BOMBER. Feb. 16th, 1944. As an appreciation of £800,000 raised during Bermondsey's Wings for Victory Week., the people of Bermondsey christened a U.S. Fortress bomber "Rotherhithe Revenge" at a U.S. bomber in England . Three other bombers were named by their crews also in honour of Bermondsey. The picture shows:- The four Bermondsey U.S. Fortress bombers lined up at the christening ceremony. They are "LONDON AVENGER", "BERMONDSEY BATTLER", "ROTHERHITHE REVENGE" & "BERMONDSEY SPECIAL".
On reverse: Associated Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

IWM catalogue record

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

B-17 Flying Fortresses nicknamed "London Avenger", nicknamed "Bermondsley Battler", nicknamed "Rotherhithe's Revenge" and nicknamed "Bermondsley" of the 379th Bomb Group, 15 February 1944. Passed for publication 16 Feb 1944. Censor no: 305411. Handwritten caption on reverse: '16/2/44.' Printed caption on reverse: ' CHRISTENS U.S. FORTRESS BOMBER. Feb. 16th, 1944. As an appreciation of £800,000 raised during Bermondsey's Wings for Victory Week., the people of Bermondsey christened a U.S. Fortress bomber "Rotherhithe Revenge" at a U.S. bomber in England . Three other bombers were named by their crews also in honour of Bermondsey. The picture shows:- The four Bermondsey U.S. Fortress bombers lined up at the christening ceremony. They are "LONDON AVENGER", "BERMONDSEY BATTLER", "ROTHERHITHE REVENGE" & "BERMONDSEY SPECIAL". On reverse: Associated Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

Connections

Aircraft

  • 42-31228 London Avenger

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/10/43; Gr Island 17/10/43; Romulus 24/10/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-G] Kimbolton 22/11/43; with Keith Phinney crash landed into Duxford base quarters, 4 CREW & 5 EM killed 21/1/45; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 25/1/45. LONDON...

  • 42-31761 Rotherhithe's Revenge

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/12/43; Gt Falls 17/12/43; Denver 20/12/43; Kearney 30/12/43; RAF Nutts Corner 14/1/44; Assigned 533BS/381BG [VP-O] Ridgewell; 73+m Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 13/6/45;...

  • 42-37792

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/8/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-B] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 16/7/44; transferred 34BG Mendlesham; retUS Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-39895 Bermondsay Battler

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/10/43; Gr Island 1/11/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-S] Ridgewell 22/12/43; 12+m Missing in Action Bunde 22/2/44 with Lee Smith, Co-pilot: 1st. Lt. Thomas Paxton Sherwood (in picture), Note: Co-pilot on 22.2.44 was 1st Lt. Rowland...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2017 14:50:11 Lucy May Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Corrections to caption from information in aircraft records/Freeman images.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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