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IWM catalogue record

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A crashed B-17G Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31100) of the 447th Bomb Group, 1 January 1945. Official caption on image: "(GAD-46-11-447)(1-1-45)(A/C 100 Type B-17G)."



  • 447th Bomb Group

    447th Bomb Group

    The 447th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on strategic bombardment missions out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. With their first mission coming on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1943, their main focus was hitting sites that would weaken enemy forces...


  • 42-31100 The Gimp

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/9/43; Harvard 4/10/43; Assigned 709BS/447BG Rattlesden 25/11/43; detailed mission to Dollenbergen, crashed on take off near base with Warren Beighley after #1 engine lost power 1/1/45, crew all OK; Salvaged Cat E; THE GIMP.


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:15 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection