UPL 24562


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Bomb bursts cover the marshalling yards at Bologna, Italy, on 2nd September 1943 during a bombing raid by planes of the 99th Bomb Group, 346th Bomb Squadron, 15th Air Force. Photo taken by B-17F 42-29856 'Patches'. NARA Ref 342-FH-3A24851-122741AC.


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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-29473) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle" of the 347th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force during a mission over Turin. Official caption on image: "26599 A.C." Handwritten caption on reverse: '15th AF, 99th BG, 347th BS.' Printed caption on reverse: '26599 AC - A picturesque coastline in the Mediterranean forms a backdrop for a USAAF Flying Fortress on its way to bomb the vital Turin, Italy ball bearing plane on Nov. 8. This plane is one of a large formation whic
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Twelfth 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: Patches
  • Unit: 483rd Bomb Group 815th Bomb Squadron 99th Bomb Group 346th Bomb Squadron


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