A B-17 Flying Fortress of the 34th Bomb Group inside a hangar. Image via Mark Brown, AFA. Written on slide casing: 'B-17 Yellow Hangar.'
Note: This slide is shown reversed. The truck should be facing the left of the picture.
Update 23/08/15. Location is Mendlesham at the south entrance to the western T2 hangar. The hangar still exists as part of an industrial complex.
The aircraft is the 'Missbehaven Raven' tail code 43-38280 . Close analysis of the nose shows a white swastika above the cheek gun. The 'Valour to Victory' website lists the aircraft's ball turret gunner as being credited with a kill on 2nd March 1945. Additional bomb tallies plus daisies in the grass suggest this photograph is April 1945.
Wing sections in the foreground plus inside the hangar entrance (note fuel cell) suggest multiple aircraft structure repairs are happening here. Note the support jack near the propeller.
Aircraft was involved in a propwash incident on 5th April 1945. The aircraft didn't fly again until 10th April 1945 which was quite a break in missions. It's a reasonable assumption to say this photograph was taken in that 5 day period, especially as no further damage reported after this time period thus little need for entry into a hangar.
The incident on 5th April resulted in 3 crew bailing out at 20,000ft. 2nd Lieutenant Leo T Bartczak was killed probably attempting to bail out. He is buried in Madingley American Cemetery.
4th/7th BS pic.with with 18th BS crew.B-17G 34th BG Elite over 60missions and while lasting the B-17 tenure after swaping from the B-24 Liberator Sept.1944- May1945 ..The 34th BG started there first training in 1942 with B-17E models and for War Deployment to a Liberator B-24 training in Blyth,CA ..34th was a training Bombardment Group of nearly all the 8th USAAF and some point. (CC) Dax Jordan (CC)
Delivered Cheyenne 15/7/44; Kearney 26/7/44; Grenier 9/8/44; Assigned 4BS/34BG Mendlesham 12/8/44; mia ? with R. Martin, Co-pilot: Ferlich, Navigator: George Webster, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Fleming, Radio Operator: Desjardines, Ball turret gunner: Marvin Jalving, Waist gunner: George Schmitt; vn- Clarke (7 Returned to Duty); Bombardier: George Bartzee (Killed in Action); Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 26/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 13/12/45. MISSBEHAVIN RAVEN.
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...
Military | Captain | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
Military | 34th Bomb Group
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 34th Bomb Group
Robert Pacholski was a navigator on B-24 #41-28851 'Near-Sighted Robin', 34th Bomb Group on the JC Smith crew. He was part of one of the original crews of the 34th Bomb Group, arriving in England in April 1944.
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.
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