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B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, accompanied by escort fighter aircraft, leave vapour trails in the sky, 23 November 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Single most famous aerial combat photo. B-17F Plane 'F'. 27 Sept 1943. Raid against Emden, 17th Combat mission of 390BG.'

US Official Caption: “TRAILS IN THE SUB-STRATOSPHERE . . . Giving them the appearance of monsters from Mars, the vapor trails left by these Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army 8th AF leave their marks in the sub-stratosphere. The curved trails, leading upward, were made by the fighters accompanying the B-17's on the raid. The deadly 50 calibre machine guns bristling from the leading Fortress, are plainly visible against the light reflected from the contrails.“

IWM catalogue record

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

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 390th Bomb Group, US Eighth Air Force, accompanied by escort fighter aircraft, leave vapour trails in the sky, 23 November 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Single most famous aerial combat photo. B-17F Plane 'F'. 27 Sept 1943. Raid against Emden, 17th Combat mission of 390BG.'

Connections

Units

  • 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. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3329 Skippy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/5/43; Dow Fd 9/6/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-F] Framlingham 15/7/43; detailed Romilly (31m) 5/2/44 with Tom Stutters, Co-pilot: Paul Cooper, Navigator: Leo Haynes wis, Bombardier: Walter Lunden wis, Flight engineer/top turret...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 September 2018 15:04:38 Emily Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Information taken from a duplicate uploaded by Al_Skiff, https://www.fold3.com/image/39015014

Image is a duplicate of FRE 1637

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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