IWM catalogue record
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The wreck of a B-17 Flying Fortress (LF-F, serial number 43-79180) of the 379th Bomb Group, damaged in a mid air collision. Not To Be Published 6 Jan 1944, Passed for publication 1 Jul 1945. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'LF-F, 379180.' Printed caption on reverse: 'Twenty-Eight Die When Three Fortresses Crash In The Take-Off For Raid On Kiel. Twenty-eight airmen were killed when three Flying Fortresses crashed together while forming up for yesterday's (January 5) raid on Kiel. the crash occurred at 2,000ft. and all three planes exploded when they hit the ground with full bomb-load. The ten crew-members on two of the aircraft died before reaching the ground. Three men escaped from the last plane but one of these died later. Associated Press Photo Shows:- General view of the wreckage of one of the three Flying Fortresses which crashed with full bomb-load while forming up to take part in yesterday's (January 5) raid on Kiel. IRV 263695. 6-1-44-Y.' Censor no: 298986. On reverse: Associated Press, Ministry of Information, US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau Passed For Publication and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau/Press Censor ETO Not To Be Published [Stamps].
The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...