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"Although this Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" (A/C 890) of the 379th Bomb Group was badly damaged during a raid on Nazi installations, its crew brought it back to its 8th Air Force Base In England. 28 June 1944." - Pilot Lt Karl Becker takes one last look at the damage of his ship.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A05683-A71145AC.



  • 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. ...

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 524th Bomb Squadron


  • Karl Becker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Returned from mission in B-17G 42-97890 'Lil Satan' after direct hit to nose of A/C. Returned to Duty (RTD). 25-Jun-44. MACR 6738. Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-97890 'Queen of Hearts' "L'il Satan"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 27/3/44; Kearney 22/5/44; Grenier 29/5/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-U] Kimbolton 12/6/44 LIL SATAN; returning from Toulouse flak hit blew off nose 25/6/44 with Karl Becker; Navigator: Bob Evans, Bombardier: Arthur Maataa (2 Killed in...


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27 April 2017 15:55:59 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations