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B-17G serial 44-8218 "Baby Shoes III/Downbeat" (coded 4N-V), a PFF ship assigned to the 833rd Bomb Sq, 486th BG. She flew nine missions with the Group between 30 December 1944 and 8 March 1945. Carrying a single infant's shoe for luck, 1st Lt Edward C Unger [Rear 3rd from Right], 833rd Bomb Sq, 486th BG completed his 28th mission on 13 January 1945 flying this aircraft as Group Lead (with Capt Roy Wilson, Jr) to bomb a rail bridge near Mainz, Germany.

[NB caption states these are members of this B-17s "crew," but gentleman at rear far right is one of the 486th BG chaplains - possibly 1st Lt Robert L. Costner.]



  • 486th Bomb Group

    486th Bomb Group

    The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...

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  • Edward Unger

    Military | Colonel | B-17 Pilot
    Edward Unger was a pilot assigned to the 834th Bomb Squadron, the 486th Bomb Group, in the 8th Air Force in the USAAF. He ferried the B-17G, 43-37716, 5 Grand, to Britain and the ETO. ...


  • 44-8218

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 14/7/44; Langley 15/8/44; Dow Fd 18/9/44; Assigned PFF 533BS/94BG Rougham 29/9/44; transferred 833BS/486BG [4N-V] Sudbury 12/44; {9m} taxi accident with Stewart Tayler 16/10/45; RetUS, Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...


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23 January 2018 20:05:54 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations