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Description of the B17G "Little Mommy" and crew. The "ZI" (Zone of Interior) code referred to the continental United States, and this may be the crew's return flight home from the war.
(Courtesy of Eric Swain of the 490th Bomb Group H)



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    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. ...

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Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 21:04:32 William Andrews Changes to caption

William Andrews

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2019 20:39:23 William Andrews Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and person associations

Eric Swain of the 490th Bomb Group (H): November 28, 2018 Facebook entry