IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 92nd Bomb Group line up for take off, a B-17 nicknamed "Stinky" leads the lineup. A censor has obscured a structure in the background. Passed as censored 17 Oct 1942. Printed caption on reverse: 'New "Fortress" Makes History In The Air. Oct. 1942. The most striking development of the war in the air is undoubtedly the sensational success of the American "Boeing" Flying Fortresses in the daylight bombing of enemy-occupied territory. In the most recent operation 105 German craft were destroyed, probably destroyed or damaged, for the loss of four bombers, thanks to their speed, high altitude and formidable armament, modifications to this fine craft having been made as the result of experience gained in Britain since the first types were flown by the RAF in actual operations. The picture was taken at an American Station in England when preparations were being made for a big daylight raid on the Nazis, and shows – A Squadron of the "new" Fortresses coming on to the runway for the take-off to "somewhere on the Continent where there are "Nazis"".'
The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; crash landed Agricultural College, Athenry, Ireland, near Galway Bay, 15/1/43 ex N/Africa after taking part in 1st Prov Grp of Gen Brereton in Eritrea (as No 8.). En route...