42-97931 Madame queen

French prisoners of war await transport home in a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97931) nicknamed "Madame Queen" of the 401st Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'French POW's flown back to France after war. IN-Q then IW-A "Madame Queen".'

Object Number - FRE 8094 - French prisoners of war await transport home in a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97931) nicknamed "Madame Queen" of the 401st Bomb Group....

Delivered Denver 8/4/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-Q] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; 614BS [IW-A]; Returned to the USA Bradley 8/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 4/12/45. MADAME QUEEN.

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Units served with

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 612th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 614th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

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Missions

  • Date: 6 June 1944
  • Official Description: Eighth reaches its top strength as 493d Bomb Group (H) becomes operational, making a total of 40 Heavy Bomber Groups now operational. Heavy Bombers fly 4 missions in spite of the invasion of Normandy. The third mission is dispatched against the...
  • Date: 25 June 1944
  • Official Description: During the morning 236 B-17’s bomb Toulouse/Francazal and Toulouse/Blagnac A/F’s and oil dumps at Montbartier. 10 B-17’s bomb scattered T/Os. 107 B-24’s bomb Avord and Bourges A/Fs. 176 B-17’s drop supplies to French interior forces. A total of 8 HBs...

Revisions

Date14 May 2021 02:43:08
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description” section.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:17
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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