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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 42-97280) nicknamed "Haybag Annie" of the 385th Bomb Group. Image via Mark Brown, AFA. Written on slide casing: 'Haybag Annie.'



  • 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...


  • 42-97280

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 3/5/44; no ops, transferred 550BS/385BG [SG-O] Gt Ashfield 6/5/44; 105m crash landed with Bob Gunn, RAF Valley, UK 19/6/45 en route home; Salvaged 26/6/45....


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

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