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

An airman of the 398th Bomb Group inspects the damaged tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8811).



  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...


  • Wallace Kasch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Derben Germany. A/C B-17G 44-8811 hit by flak over target, carrying most of the tail and the tail gunner (minus chute) away. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13869. ...


  • 44-8811

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/45; Hunter 16/1/45; Grenier 28/1/45; Assigned 600BS/398BG H2X [N8-C] Nuthampstead 30/3/45; battle damaged Halberstadt 8/4/45, tail shot away with tail gunner S/Sgt Wallace E Kasch, with Lts Dailey & Hahn and crash landed back at...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:35 AAM AAM ingest

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