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

Ground personnel of the 493rd Bomb Group load food supplies into a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Bomb Bay Blues". Printed caption on reverse: 'A-52449 AC- Personnel of the 493rd Bomb Group loading food supplies into the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Bomb Bay Blues", preparatory to "Food Mission" flight. England 7 April 1945. US Air Force Photo.'



  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:06 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection