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

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-37786) nicknamed "Madam Shoo Shoo" of the 385th Bomb Group. Image via Lieutenant Clark Barton Rollins Jr, Pilot of the 385th Bomb Group. Handwritten on slide casing: 'Madame Shoo Shoo, 337786 Z, 551 BS.'



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...


  • Clark Rollins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew 30 missions over Europe with a lead crew. Received lot of flak and enemy fighter attacks, lost engines, etc. , but always made it back to the base. After it was all over, it was a wonderful experience. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC


  • 43-37786 'MADAM SHOO SHOO'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/5/44; Hunter 2/6/44; Grenier 14/6/44; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-Z] Gt Ashfield 16/6/44; taxi accident with Albert Potter 17/1/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 26/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 28/6/45; Reconstruction...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:36:59 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection