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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-3262) nicknamed "Sweetheart" of the 388th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '388th BG. 23262.'

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Units

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

People

  • Charles Lail

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Charles Lail served as a bombardier with the 562nd Bomb Squadron of the 388th Bomb Group. On 29 November 1943, he was flying in B-17 #423505 when it was shot down and ditched in the North Sea. Lail was Killed in Action (KIA).

Aircraft

  • 42-3262 Sweetheart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 16/4/43; Dow Fd 12/6/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 SWEETHEART; Returned to the USA Tinker 7/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28/11/45; also named JEANNIE and WILSON'S WILDCATS.

Revisions

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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