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

The wreck of a B-17 Flying Fortress (UX-L, serial number 42-97479) nicknamed "Belle of Liberty" that has crash landed at Podington, 30 December 1944 Image via William E "Doc" Furniss, 92nd Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: '297479 UX-L crash Podington.'



  • 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...



  • 42-97479 'Belle of Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Cleveland 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-L] Podington 27/1/44; Damaged on the 6 March 1944 mission to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the outskirts of Berlin. Walsh crew....


  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 22:47:09 H2X Changes to caption

This crashed at RAF East Kirkby, whilst in the circuit diverting in bad weather struck low hill north of the airfield. Source book "The Route As Briefed"

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:31:55 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection