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

A bomber crew of the 486th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8657) nicknamed "Lush Thrush". Handwritten caption on reverse: '651 PT of 833rd BS, 486th BG.' Printed caption on reverse: '657 PT of the 833rd BS, 486th BG, 4th CBW, 3rd AD, 8th AF on the hardstand at Sudbury/ Suffolk, early 1945. Standing were: Sgt CJ Wilson, Jr (waist gunner), Capt RH Hodges (pilot), L/Lt Wm Blackburn (DRN), L/Lt Walter C Gibson (co-pilot), L/Lt Annex (visiting DRN), Capt swift (check pilot). Kneeling: L/Lt Chas Seibel (bombardier), Sgt Jas Ormond (radio Opr), S/Sgt Gardner Beaman (flt engr & top turret gunner, L/Lt CP Grant (PPN). Missing: Sgt Wm Hare (waist gunner), Sgt Frank Somsen (ball turret gunner), who had been reassigned to another crew because 657 PT was H2)(-equipped and the radar antenna had replaced the Sperry ball turret.'



  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...


  • 44-8657

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/11/44; Hunter 4/12/44; Dow Fd 27/12/44; Assigned 833BS/486BG [4N-T] Sudbury 3/1/45; {12m} RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 8/1/46. LUSH THRUSH.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:01 AAM AAM ingest

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