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Glatton airbase, home of the 457th Bomb Group, photographed from a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image via Leslie R. Peterson. Written on slide casing: 'Glatton A/d & Conington Church.' My father took this slide during his tour, 1 August 1944 through 31 December 1944. He had access to color slide film and took quite a few. There weren't many color snapshots in WWII. I grew up seeing this slide many times. 20 of his 35 missions were flown on 42-97535 (radio operator/gunner), although this isn't necessarily from that aircraft.


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Unofficial emblem of the 457th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Sergeant L.R. Peterson of the 457th Bomb Group with his B-17 Flying Fortress. Image via LR Peterson. Written on slide casing: 'Sgt LR Peterson.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 750th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32841378
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator/Gunner


The mission board of the 457th Bomb Group. Official caption printed on image: '(GM-299-2-457)(16/5/45)(Op's Board's).'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Connington


Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47

From the collection of photos taken by Leslie R. Peterson (my father, deceased) during his service in the second half of 1944.

Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
ContributorLucy May

Associated to record of Leslie R Peterson from the information in the caption.

Date: 8 Sep 2014 15:35:05

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection