IWM catalogue record
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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97069) nicknamed "Mon Tete Rouge II" of the 452nd Bomb Group flies in formation with other Fortresses. Printed caption on reverse: 'Boeing B-17 "Mon Tete Rouge II" and her sister ships of the 452nd Bomb Group en route to blast German targets in France as part of the plan to pulverise all vitally important war objectives. Chateaudun, France, was the target of this mission, 28 March 1944. (Altitude 17,900 Feet) Taken by S/Sgt Chelso V Puiratto. US Air Force photo.'
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Gr Island 11/2/44; Presque Is 23/2/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-N] Bassingbourn 11/3/44; transferred 731BS/452BG Deopham Green [7D-M] 12/3/44; Missing in Action Kassel 4/12/44 with Larry Downey, Flight engineer/top turret...