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B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 92nd Bomb Group fly in formation during a training exercise. Aircraft are, from left to right: B-17E (serial number 41-9022) nicknamed "Alabama Exterminator", B-17E (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", B-17E (UX-?, serial number 41-9017) nicknamed "Heidi Ho", B-17E (UX-V, serial number 41-9013), B-17E (UX-S, serial number 41-9154) nicknamed "The Bat out of Hell", B-17E (serial number 41-9132). Printed caption on reverse: 'B-26340 AC - Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortresses" of the 8th Air Force, England on way to bomb targets in Germany. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO.' Handwritten caption on reverse: '92BG B17es used for training at Bovingdon Oct 1942.'



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...


  • 41-9013

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 341BS/97BG 3/42; courier trip to N.Africa 18/12/42; transferred 327BS/92BG (UX-V) Bovingdon 27/8/43; 482BG Alconbury 27/8/43; 95BG Horham as tow target & hack; 94BG Rougham 10/11/43; Returned to the USA 4136 BU Tinker 22/5/44; Recl Comp 9/2/45.

  • 41-9017 Heidi Ho

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 41-9022 Alabama Exterminator

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; with C.J. Paine force landed Presque Is, ME 27/6/42; Bovingdon 8/42, used as ferry navigation a/c; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-L] Grafton Underwood 4/6/43 as t/t & hack 8/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 27/7/44;...

  • 41-9023 Yankee Doodle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Boeing B-17E ...

  • 41-9132

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 21/4/42; 97BG Polebrook 8/42; 92BG Bovingdon /9/42; transferred 418BS/100BG, in take off accident at Burtonwood 24/7/43 on non-operational mission, with Capt Bob Knox, Co-pilot: Lt Col Harry Dungan, Navigator: Ernie...

  • 41-9154

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Geiger 419BS/301BG 28/4/42; Assigned 97BG Polebrook 8/42; 327BS/92BG [UX-S] Bovingdon /9/42 as T/T a/c; with Warren K. Manning crash landed 25/6/44; Written off 26/6/44. THE BAT OUTA HELL.


  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:16 AAM AAM ingest

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