FRE 8758


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B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 15th Air Force in flight, during a mission over Linz, 1945. Printed caption on reverse: '56391 AC- These two Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 15th formation heading for the south marshalling yard at Linz 1945. They are participating in a supreme air effort to smother the German transport in Axis-held Europe.'


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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


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