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Captain Fred Dallas, a pilot of the 97th Bomb Group in the cockpit of his B-17 Flying Fortress (see below for SN) nicknamed "Peggy 'D' II". Note by L2M2: Peggy "D" II is serial number 41-24343 "Peggy D" is serial number 41-9043 Image via BL Davies Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Office of War Information, American Embassy, London.' [stamp]. 'Passed by the censor no. 224594.' [caption] Printed caption on reverse: 'FORTRESSES SHOOT DOWN 13 IN BIG SWEEP VICTORY. Last Friday October 21, US Flying Fortresses, escorted by 400 Fighters including the Eagle Squadrons recently transferred from the RAF, had a field day on one of the biggest raids they have yet made on Europe. Losing none of their own planes they shot down no less than 3 FW 190s, Germany's latest fighters, while the escorting fighters accounted for five more- four of them went to the score of the Eagles. Military objectives in France and Belgium were attacked. Associated Press Photo Shows: Pilot Capt. Fred Dallas of Houston, Texas, gives the OK sign from the control cabin of his Fortress as he arrives back after the highly successful sweep.'

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Captain Fred Dallas, a pilot of the 97th Bomb Group in the cockpit of his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9043) nicknamed "Peggy 'D' II". Image via BL Davies Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Office of War Information, American Embassy, London.' [stamp]. 'Passed by the censor no. 224594.' [caption] Printed caption on reverse: 'FORTRESSES SHOOT DOWN 13 IN BIG SWEEP VICTORY. Last Friday October 21, US Flying Fortresses, escorted by 400 Fighters including the Eagle Squadrons recently transferred from the RAF, had a field day on one of the biggest raids they have yet made on Europe. Losing none of their own planes they shot down no less than 3 FW 190s, Germany's latest fighters, while the escorting fighters accounted for five more- four of them went to the score of the Eagles. Military objectives in France and Belgium were attacked. Associated Press Photo Shows: Pilot Capt. Fred Dallas of Houston, Texas, gives the OK sign from the control cabin of his Fortress as he arrives back after the highly successful sweep.'

Connections

Units

  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...

Aircraft

  • 41-24343

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Podington 13/7/42; transferred 343BS/97BG Polebrook 8/42; Maison Blanche 22/11/42; transferred 414BS; Salvaged 15/3/43 in Oran. PEGGY D Jr (II).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 07:32:44 L2M2 Changes to caption and aircraft associations
Sources

http://92ndma.org/92nd/92ndB-17AircraftRoster.pdf

Also pictures of actual plane.

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 11:51:55 Emily Changes to caption and place associations
Sources

FRE 889

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:17:39 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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