FRE 8746


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A B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-50468) of the 455th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force which crashed landed on its nose as a result of a freak accident on take off, 1945. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Extraordinary take off crash, Italy.'


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  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Fifteenth 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-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 455th Bomb Group 740th Bomb Squadron



Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
Date: 2 Feb 2015 10:00:04

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection