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IWM catalogue record

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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-39970) nicknamed "E-rat-icator" of the 452nd Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on image: "Erat-icator. 452nd BG." Handwritten caption on reverse: '239970. P. 730. (USAAF) 61.'



  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...


  • 42-39970 E-Rat-Icator

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Only B-17 to arrive with 452nd BG in England and return to the US serving the entire tour of the group. 120 recorded bombing missions and 138 recorded take-offs. Survived the war. Was originally the aircraft of the Jack Mitsch Crew. ...


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:08 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection