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

A B-17 Flying Fortress (BX-W, serial number 43-38777) nicknamed "Peder's Parade" of the 96th Bomb Group at Kopblenz. Image via Peder Larsen. Handwritten on front of print: "Ship 777 after landing at Koblenz." Larsen has enclosed a letter with the image: '777 after Mission to Dresden on April 17, 1945 where we lost 2 engines on Bomb Run, dropped bombs just after IP and took immediate heading back to France. We made an emergency landing ata fighter field of Coblenz [sic] and left the ship there. We took a truck back through Germany & France and picked up a 1st Division Ship # 506 and flew it back to England leaving it at its base. (Picked up this ship at Lil, France) ... Picture is of 777 with 2 Inboard engines feathered with 3 of my crew members sitting on the ground in front of ship. I understand the 2 engines were repaired and the ship was flown back to the States as after that I never saw it on our base.'



  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...


  • Peder Larsen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew 30 missions without loss to any of his crew. Larsen practiced flying during ground school the hard way -- amid dense contrails, sudden snow stors, severe icing conditions and incredible fog, "another day of poor visibility, but had to fly. . .


  • 43-38777 Peder's Parade

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 20/9/44; Grenier 6/10/44; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 11/10/44; transferred 338BS/96BG [BX-W] Snetterton 12/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 3/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:46 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection