UPL 19152


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"Hell Cat" Lockheed/Vega B-17F-35-VE Flying Fortress s/n 42-5910, of 365th BS, 305th BG, 8th AF. This aircraft was originally assigned to the 326th BS, 92nd BG and named "Ruthie". She was badly shot up by fighters on the July 4,1943 mission to Nantes but managed to make it back to Alconbury. After being repaired she was transferred to the 305th BG and renamed "Hell Cat". Ran out of fuel and crash landed at Hawkinge, England on September 15,1943. Scrapped two days later. Photo taken at: RAF Chelveston (AAF-105), England,


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  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell-Cat Ruthie Homesick Angel
  • Unit: 2nd Strategic Air Depot 305th Bomb Group Can Do 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 326th Bomb Squadron 365th Bomb Squadron 422nd Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron