FRE 1705


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Lieutenant Dan Knight, a pilot of the 401st Bomb Group inspects damage to the tail gun position of his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31983) nicknamed "Mary Alice". Official caption printed on image: '(GHD-840-268-401)(17.7.44)(42-31983).' Image via Dan Knight


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A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Combat and ground crew of the 401st Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress, (serial number 41-31983) nicknamed "Mary Alice". The airmen, left to right, are: (Front row) Charlie Wilson (waist gunner), William "Mack" Mackowiack (ball turret gunner). (Middle Row) Eddie Chambers (bombardier) and Dan Knight (pilot). Handwritten caption on reverse: '401.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 615th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Mary Alice" of the 401st Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '401. Unknown. C2. '
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mary Alice
  • Unit: 401st Bomb Group 613th Bomb Squadron


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