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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-97934) nicknamed "Rene V" of the 457th Bomb Group. Image via LR Peterson. Written on slide casing: 'Reve V, A 750 BS, 297934.'



  • 457th Bomb Group

    457th Bomb Group

    The 457th Bomb Group began combat operations during the Big Week of 20-25 February when American bombers carried out concentrated raids against German aircraft bases, factories and assembly plants. The air crews' targets on that first mission were...


  • Leslie Peterson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator/Gunner
    Leslie R Peterson served as a radio operator/ gunner with the 457th Bomb Group. He completed 35 combat missions between 1 August 1944 and 31 December 1944. Twenty of his 35 missions were flown on B-17 42-97535.


  • 42-97934

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 8/4/44; Kearney 9/5/44; Dow Fd 21/5/44; Assigned 750BS/457BG [A] Glatton 23/5/44; taxi accident with Wilmore Flueman and 44-8414 13/1/45; slight mid-air collision with 43-39087 (457BG) with Fred Stevenson and force landed Belgium 28/3...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:35:04 AAM AAM ingest

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