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

The flak damaged nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 398th Bomb Group. Printed caption on reverse: '54600 AC- England- 1st lt Lawrence M De Lancey, Corvallis, Oregon, landed this B-17 safely after its nose was literally shot away by flak over Cologne, Germany. Please Credit: Official US Air Force Photo.' Printed caption on image: 'This B-17 landed safely after losing its nose to flak. US AAF Photo.' Handwritten caption on reverse: '43-38172 of 398th BG.'



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 601st Bomb Squadron


  • George Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier/ Bombardier
    He had been a waist gunner in training to take over the Bombardier role and was in the nose. A German 88 anti aircraft shell had exploded in his lap, killing him instantly. The plane with its nose blown off and up into the windshield made it back to...

  • Lawrence DeLancey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Piloted B-17G 43-38172 'Lovely Julie' on 15 Oct 44 which suffered the explosion of a German 88 anti aircraft shell in the nose. With the help of the Navigator 1st Lt Raymond J LeDoux he was able to bring the plane back to base. 'He did a miraculous...


  • 43-38172 '2 Sad' 'Lovely Julie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/7/44; Kearney 12/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-P] Nuthampstead 13/8/44; battle damaged Cologne 15/10/44 with Lawrence DeLancey; the aircraft was hit by flak after bombs away, then a shell exploded in the nose...


  • 678

    15 October 1944


  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


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27 December 2015 18:45:22 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations

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