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"Europe - Smoke markers have been photographed from almost every angle and their fantastic plumes often add a glamorous touch to bombing pictures. This photo, of an 8th AF Boeing B-17, is first good one showing markers just leaving an airplane."

- PFF B-17G 44-8228 'The Alamo' (LD-B) 418BS, 100BG, 8AF aircraft.



  • 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. ...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-8228 The Alamo

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 24/7/44; Langley 17/8/44; Dow Fd 16/9/44; Assigned PFF 418BS/100BG [LD-B] Thorpe Abbotts 18/9/44; transferred 535BS/381BG [MS-L] Ridgewell 3/10/44; 7+m 306BG Thurleigh 5/45; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46. THE ALAMO.


Date Contributor Update
19 April 2018 18:12:34 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations