UPL 19199


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"Bomb away! The first bomb to drop on Toulon is on its way as USAAF Flying Fortresses reach the target: Nazi submarine pens". NARA Ref 342-FH-3A19249-B26818AC. B-17F 42-30705 "Ther-N-Bak" of the 414th Bomb Sq, 97th BG went down on 27 November 1943 on a mission to the marshalling yards at Rimini, Italy. Savaged by enemy fighters, only two crewmen were able to bail out before she exploded. Co pilot Cpt Marvin M Waldroup, Jr, and right waist gunner S/Sgt Joseph S Christie, Jr, both seriously wounded, became POWs for the duration.


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Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ther-N-Bak
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron


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