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

A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8309) nicknamed "Ol' Buddy" of the 18th Bomb Squadron, 34th Bomb Group at Mendelsham. Pete Gray was the aircraft's crew chief. Handwritten caption on reverse: '18th B.S. 34th BG. Pete Gray C/C.'



  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 18th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8309

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 8/8/44; Grenier 18/8/44; Assigned 7BS/34BG Mendlesham 20/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 7/6/45; Sth Plains 12/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 26/11/45. OL' BUDDY.


  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:39 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection