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Flying Fortress B-17G 42-319999 QW-X 'Chicken Ship' 412th BS, 95th BG, 8AF, later renamed as 'The Pickwickian' and transferred to 815BS, 483BG, 15AF and renamed as 'King Salvo'.



  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 483rd Bomb Group

    483rd Bomb Group

    'As part of the 15th Air Force in WWII, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) played a significant role in the eventual defeat of Germany's forces. Its four combat squadrons, the 815th, 816th, 817th and 840th flew a total of 5,623 sorties from 12 April 1944...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron
  • 815th Bomb Squadron
  • Fifteenth Air Force

    Fifteenth Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...


  • 42-31999 'Chicken Ship' 'The Pickwickian' 'King Salvo'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/1/44; Dalhart 28/1/44; Kearney 22/2/44; Grenier 25/2/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-X] Horham 27/2/44 CHICKEN SHIP aka PICKWICKIAN; 36m, Missing in Action Gdynia 6/8/44 with W. R. Kinney, crew unknown; force landed Russia; rep,...


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17 December 2015 18:23:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations