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French personnel gather around a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30177-F) nicknamed "Bir Hakeim (Charlene)" formerly of the 388th Bomb Group, used as an executive transport aircraft for the French High Commissioner at Wahn, Germany. Image via J Moulin. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Old Bir-Hakeim! (230177F) B-17F-90-BO 42-30177. Date and place unknown.'
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 27/4/43; Cheyenne 2/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 as CHARLENE; 15m transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe 19/1/44; Oulton 16/5/44; 36BS Cheddington...