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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.

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-38058) nicknamed "The Wish Bone" of the 490th Bomb Group at Eye. Image by Captain Arnold Delmonico, photographic officer 490th Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'After transfer to 490 BG at Eye.



  • 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...


  • Arnold Delmonico

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Photographic Officer
    He originally joined the Army in 1939, then went to Yale and was commissioned in 1942. He was assigned to the 490th and transferred to the base in Eye. He stayed in the AF Reserve until 1976, retiring with the rank of Lt. Col. He died September 27 2002.


  • 42-38058 The Wish Bone

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Albuquerque 3/12/43; Wendover 3/1/44; Assigned 457BG Glatton 22/1/44; transferred 526BS/379BG [LF-C] Kimbolton 18/3/44. ...


  • 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 15:36:49 AAM AAM ingest

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