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The nose of a radar-equipped B-17G Flying Fortress of the 96th Bomb Group. AN/APQ-7 "Eagle" radar installation, almost certainly one of the handful of B-17s so equipped trialled in the ETO by the 482BG at Alconbury and transferred to other units after VE-Day.

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

The nose of a radar-equipped B-17G Flying Fortress of the 96th Bomb Group.



  • 482nd Bomb Group

    482nd Bomb Group

    The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Date Contributor Update
01 October 2014 21:38:34 Paul Bellamy Changes to caption, unit associations and place associations

1st Air Division monthly aircraft gains and losses reports (1st AD HQ Historical Society)
482BG records (ARG Archive, Alconbury)

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:47 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection