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A battle-damaged B-17 Flying Fortress (CC-A, serial number 42-31466) of the 569th Bomb Squadron, 390th Bomb Group at Manston, 17 April 1944. Official caption on image: "754(44) - W.P.U. - 4-17-44 - Manston - Battle Damage - B-17G 42-31455 - R.Z. FSAD." Handwritten caption on reverse: '390th Bomb Group, 13th Combat Wing, 3rd Air Division.' On reverse: Photographic Section USAAF Station 595 [Stamp].



  • 3rd Air Division

    3rd Air Division

    In December 1944, the 3rd Bomb Division was redesginated the 3rd Air Division.

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31455

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/11/43; Kearney 15/11/43; Assigned 326BS/92BG [JW- ] Podington 23/1/44; Missing in Action Munster 23/3/44 with Cliff Robbins, Co-pilot: Fred Maxwell, Navigator: Martin Feingold, Bombardier: Dick Kappel, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31466 Sitting Pretty

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/11/43; Gr Island 24/11/43; New Castle 4/12/43; Bangor 9/12/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-A] Framlingham 5/1/44; Missing in Action Leipzig 29/5/44 with Pilot Wallace E. Shymanski, Co-pilot: Vernon A. Montrose, Navigator: Gordon A....


  • Manston

    Military site : airfield
    Built for Royal Naval Air Service use in the First World War, it was both an RAF and Fleet Air Arm base from 1918-50, and after the war a USAF Strategic Air Command base from 1950-51, a United States Air Forces Europe base from 1950-58, an RAF station...


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:12 AAM AAM ingest

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