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B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-29981) of the 92nd Bomb Group and its crew in a life raft after ditching in the North Sea on 26 July 1943, Reconnaissance aircraft from Coastal Command, RAF Bircham Newton.



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Date Contributor Update
28 June 2019 10:11:19 jwgill Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and aircraft associations

Uploaded on behalf of Jonathan Gill, Grandson of Squadron Leader Herbert William Gill M.B.E who had this image in his collection