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

Personnel of the 390th Bomb Group meet local civilians in North Africa during a mission. Their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30246) nicknamed "Spot Remover" is visible in the background. First handwritten caption on reverse: 'NA, 390 BG.' Second handwritten caption on reverse: '"Local natives gather around, slightly scared but still avid to acquire American cigarettes" 390 BG.'



  • 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...


  • 42-30246 Spot Remover

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/5/43; Gore 22/5/43; Spokane 24/5/43; Geiger 26/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/7/43; Dow Fd 13/7/43; Assigned 570BS/390BG [DI-H] Framlingham 14/7/43; crash landed 21/9/43 with Keith E. Harris, repaired and back on duty; Missing in Action...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:11 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection