UPL 21881


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This plane was named as a result of five young ladies who were working as typists for the Manchester Oxide Company in Manchester, England. They had heard Princess Elizabeth had adopted and named her own B-17, so they wanted to do it too. Arrangements were made for the young ladies to come to the airfield at Deopham Green and hold an official ceremony and adopt their plane. The girls were introduced to the crew and were delighted when they saw the nose art on the plane showing a winged-typewriter with the words “Manchester Misses” beside it. The ceremony took place on March 13, 1945, and gathered many people from the news media. The names and ages of the five young ladies were: Vera Reynolds (21), Margaret Brown (16), Peggy Telford (26), Iris Roberts (19), and Violet Bowman (18). This plane survived the War and was piloted by Clem Schaller. Plane #44-8799.


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The insignia of the 452nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Manchester Misses



Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.

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452nd Bomb Group Assoc.