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B-17F-BO s/n to be determined.*
"Bombing Cherry" Training Crew photo at Rapid City, South Dakota. Circa. Autumn 1943. Lt. George Rains Jr.'s Crew Flew eight Missions in five different B-17 Aircraft assigned to other Crews. As R&R Mission replacements, while the Primary Crews recuperated from Battle Fatigue that was becoming more prevalent from longer and ever tougher missions, they learned to improvise with subtle variances between the Fortresses. The Luftwaffe fighter pilots were rapidly becoming more effective at Hunting ailing Bombers as the equipment was wearing down. As the Final Crew of "Liberty Bell-e" and flying at the rear of the massive Formation, the FW-190 "Butcher Bird had relatively easy pickings on the "Liberty Bell-e." As her Crew slipped further behind of the left turning mass of Bombers toward Germany targets to the South East, due to a weak underperforming Starboard Engine. Their fate came quickly. The few surviving Crew told of their Heroic Pilots last Ditch efforts to save them and the French Civilians on the ground shortly after they salvoed their H.E. Bomb load.
* forward mast under the nose for the ADF line antenna suggested this a later block and the paintwork identifies this F series as being from Seattle .

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    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. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 570th Bomb Squadron

People

  • George Rains

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters after leaving the formation due to engine problems and crashed SW of Sedan, GR on a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-37880 'Liberty Belle'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Robert Stump

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Spine Gunner
    Shot down by fighters after leaving the formation due to engine problems and crashed SW of Sedan, Germany on a mission to Regensburg, Germany on 25 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37880 'Liberty Belle'. Killed in Action.. Crew Number 42

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Date Contributor Update
03 March 2021 16:26:55 phil marchese Changes to caption
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Phil Marchese Mar 3 2021.
Configuration and paint details discussed at Facebook group
FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945; various posts.

Date Contributor Update
03 March 2021 11:45:00 Jaybird Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
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Uncle Bob's WWII War Records

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02 March 2021 15:55:50 general ira snapsorter Changes to place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Removed associations not depicted in the image.

Date Contributor Update
02 March 2021 10:09:20 Jaybird Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
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Uncle Bob's War Records

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