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Ground crew of the 97th Bomb group carry out engine maintenance on a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9045) nicknamed "Stinky" at Grafton Underwood. This aircraft was transferred to the 92nd Bomb Group 24 August 1942.

Image stamped: 'Passed for Publication 14 Aug 1942'.[stamp]. 'Illustrated Copyright (Jarché)' [stamp]. '254685' [Censor no]. Printed caption on reverse: '(5) Ground mechanics making adjustments to one of the giant Wright motors. The U.S. Air Force have brought all their own ground and maintenance staff with them. The open bomb doors shown below give some idea of the capacious stowage in the Fortress bomb bays.'

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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. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    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...

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

People

  • Jack Gaffney

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief
    In addition to his mechanic duties, Sgt Gaffney created "nose art" for seven different 91st BG Fortresses. He painted nose art for "Invasion II" (42-5070), "The Bad Egg" (41-24484), "The Sky Wolf" (41-24527), "Shamrock Special" (42-29591), "Destiny's...

Aircraft

  • 41-9045 Stinky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; crash landed Agricultural College, Athenry, Ireland, near Galway Bay, 15/1/43 ex N/Africa after taking part in 1st Prov Grp of Gen Brereton in Eritrea (as No 8.). En route...

Locations

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

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Date Contributor Update
03 May 2020 11:58:37 RayWells Changes to person associations
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Date Contributor Update
06 December 2016 16:48:15 Al_Skiff Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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