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Roscoe Ann the Bear


Roscoe was gifted to Lt George Nelson by a park ranger when "he" was a cub, after Nelson, and 11 other officers were inducted into the Blackfeet Indian Tribe.

Roscoe travelled to England in the radio room of Lt Beckers B-17 Flying Fortress, and became the official mascot of the 569th Bomb Squadron. "He" enjoyed life at Parham, having free run of the base, and choice of the bunks to sleep in. Eventually it was discovered that Roscoe was actually female, so she was renamed Roscoe Ann!

As she grew older and more adventurous Roscoe Ann would wander into local villages, where she would delight the local children and terrorised the local church. Unfortunately she developed a love for sweets which led to health problems. Six months after joining the 390th at Parham she had to be put down, the officer who had the unfortunate job of doing this, claimed it was the toughest assignment he ever had.



  • George Nelson

    Military | Ground Echelon | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 69

Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb 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...

  • 569th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...


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