UPL 31424


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B-17G serial 44-8218 "Baby Shoes III/Downbeat" (coded 4N-V), a PFF ship assigned to the 833rd Bomb Sq, 486th BG. She flew nine missions with the Group between 30 December 1944 and 8 March 1945. Carrying a single infant's shoe for luck, 1st Lt Edward C Unger [Rear 3rd from Right], 833rd Bomb Sq, 486th BG completed his 28th mission on 13 January 1945 flying this aircraft as Group Lead (with Capt Roy Wilson, Jr) to bomb a rail bridge near Mainz, Germany. [NB caption states these are members of this B-17s "crew," but gentleman at rear far right is one of the 486th BG chaplains - possibly 1st Lt Robert L. Costner.]


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A diagrammatic layout of AAF Station 174 - the USAAF codename for Sudbury airfield - while the 486th Bomb Group were stationed at the airbase as of the 22 June 1944.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Scouting Force 486th Bomb Group 55th Fighter Group 834th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-747340
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress


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