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B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 457th Bomb Group fly in formation during a mission. B-17 (serial number 43-38301) nicknamed "Liberty Belle" is the foremost aircraft. Image via LR Peterson.



  • 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.


  • 43-38301

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/7/44; Kearney 28/7/44; Grenier 8/8/44; Assigned 751BS/457BG [N] Glatton 10/8/44; in base landing accident with Lorenz Koch 2/5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:35:10 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection