44-6405 Big Yank

media-24405.jpeg UPL 24405 B-17G-50-DL #44-6405 "Big Yank"
483rd BG - 840th BS - 15th AF

Object Number - UPL 24405 - B-17G-50-DL #44-6405 "Big Yank" 483rd BG - 840th BS - 15th AF

Delivered Kearney 27/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 840BS/483BG Sterparone 17/8/44; used for Air Sea Rescue at Pisa; Returned to the USA Sth Plains 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 28/12/45. BIG YANK.


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Seen through a 433rd Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress' strike camera, a 816th Bomb Squadron B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5786) nicknamed "Whizzer II" goes down over Nis in Yugoslavia on the 15th of April 1944 in a gout of flame after taking a direct flak hit. There were no survivors. Official caption on image: "(483BG:4M3:2VI) (4:15:1208) (24:21300) ([south-west arrow] 140 [degrees]) (Nis M/Y Yugo) (Ship 111 816 Sq)." Handwritten caption on reverse: '15/4/44. 483BG, 15AF. Nis, Yugoslavia. 42-5786
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment



Event Location Date Description


Kearney, NE, USA 27 July 1944


71017 Sterparone FG, Italy 17 August 1944 483BG 840BS


Date17 Nov 2016 01:40:56
ChangesChanges to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:51
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