UPL 19684


By downloading this image, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions

'HUNGARY--After completing it's bomb run over Budapest Farencvaros Railroad yards on 14 July 1944, this Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the victim of a direct hit by flak. Five of the crew were seen to have bailed out, and the plane crashed'. Incredible picture of "Mizpah" 42-32109 ( 840th BS, 483rd BG lost on Budapest mission 14 Jul 1944, 88 mm flak shell exploded in the nose, killing navigator and bombardier, pilot Swanson kept plane flying about 10 mn before bale out ). The aircraft crashed near Dunavecse, Hungary. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A05477-53820AC.


See how this entry relates to other items in the archive by exploring the connections below.


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
Second World War formation badge for the United States 15th Air Force (United States Army Air Force). The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved by the US Quartermaster General on 19 February 1944. Formation note: the 15th Air Force (US Army Air Force, Fifteenth Air Force) was formed on 1 November 1943 at Tunis in North Africa and moved to Italy on 1 December. The Force was disbanded on 15 September 1945 having participated in twelve campaigns.© IWM (INS 7304)
  • Unit Hierarchy: Headquarters
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mizpah
  • Unit: 483rd Bomb Group 840th Bomb Squadron



Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
ChangesChanges to unit associations and place associations

MACR 6901

Date: 28 Dec 2015 18:13:43
ChangesCreated entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations