UPL 29765


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Composite of photos showing the final moments of B-17G 44-6183 342BS, 97BG, 15AF. 25 July 1944: B-17G serial 44-6183 of the 342nd Bomb Sq, 97th BG takes a direct hit from flak over Linz, Austria. Capt Jack W. Murphy and his crew were blown from the aircraft when it exploded; four of them, including Murphy, survived to spend the remainder of hostilities as POWs (MACR 7125).


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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
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
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 342nd Bomb Squadron


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