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IWM catalogue record

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

Nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-94866) nicknamed "Red Hot Riding Hood" of the 490th Bomb Group at Eye. This aircraft was transferred to the 15th Air Force in December 1944, where it served with the 456th Bomb Group.



  • 456th Bomb Group

    456th Bomb Group

    Constituted as 456th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 14 May 1943. Activated on 1 Jun 1943. Trained with B-24's for duty overseas. Moved to Italy, Dec 1943-Jan 1944. Began combat with Fifteenth AF in Feb 1944, operating chiefly against strategic targets...

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...



  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:38 AAM AAM ingest

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