American Airmen in Algiers stand at attention while Lt. Col. Elliott Roosevelt receives the Distinguished Flying Cross for outstanding services performed by his Group in the African Campaign. [Note B-17E 41-9045 'Stinky' at laft of frame, with B-24D 41-11768 'Kickapoo' at back of frame].
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A28693-C23665AC.
Globerotter: B-17E serial 41-9045 "Stinky" was one of the original ships in the 8th AF Bomber Command's debut in England, flying with the 97th BG. In September 1942 she was one of a number of "E" models swapped with the newly arrived 92nd BG for more capable B-17Fs. "Stinky" soldiered on with what would best be described as a "special mission" capability, often carrying high-ranking personnel. She was written off in a non-fatal forced landing accident in Athenry, Ireland on 15 January 1943.
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...