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

A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9019) nicknamed "Little Skunk Face" of the 92nd Bomb Group prepares for take off. Printed caption on reverse: 'New "Fortress" Makes History In The Air. Oct. 1942. The most striking development of the war in the air is undoubtedly the sensational success of the American "Boeing" Flying Fortresses in the daylight bombing of enemy-occupied territory. In the most recent operation 105 German craft were destroyed, probably destroyed or damaged, for the loss of four bombers, thanks to their speed, high altitude and formidable armament, modifications to this fine craft having been made as the result of experience gained in Britain since the first types were flown by the RAF in actual operations. The picture was taken at an American Station in England when preparations were being made for a big daylight raid on the Nazis, and shows – [rest of caption has been lost].’ Passed for publication 17 Oct 1942.



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Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:33 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection