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    WC-27 ambulances of the 70th Service Group await the return of the 386th Bomb Group’s B-26 Marauders, RAF Great Dunmow, Essex, England, United Kingdom, Oct 5, 1943. (US Army Air Forces)

    Bing Crosby on the stage at Station 121, Bassingbourn, England, during the USO show for the airmen of the 91st Bomb Group. 1943.

    LtGen Jimmy Doolittle speaking with Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom during a Royal visit to RAF Thurleigh, home of the USAAF 306th Bomb Group, 6 Jul 1944.

    Memphis Belle pilot's instrument panel donated to National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

    Members of the 381st Bomb Group, who participated in a successful raid over northwestern Germany, wear smiles and heavy flight clothes.

    B-17G Flying Fortresses of 381st Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, in 1944 return from a mission to Royal Air Force Station Ridgewell, England. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

    Loading bombs on an American bomber during World War II, England, 1942.

    Captain points out features of B-17 to English Air Training Cadets at a base in England.

    24-foot self-righting rescue motor launch dropped from an RAF Hudson rescue aircraft to the crew of a US B-17 Fortress that ditched in the North Sea, 26 Jul 1943. (US National Archives)

    B-17G Nose Art "Flak Eater" 305th BG, 364th BS

    Pete, a pilot in the 100th Bomb Group, flew a B-17 bomber "Goin' My Way" and had Bugs Bunny painted on his A-2 jacket. The bomb tail indicates he flew 33 mission. From the collection of Jeff Spielberg.

    8Th Air Force Bomber Command US 8th Bomber Command, B-17 Flying Fortress ground crew riding English bicycles as they return to hangar after serving planes before take-off; each has a bike which they routinely use to get to & fr. their planes, at airdrome in southern England. Location: United Kingdom September 1942 byMargaret Bourke-White

    Actor James Cagney christening the B-17 Yankee Doodle Dandy at Framlingham Airfield England, 1944. Source: United States Army Air Forces via the Eighth Air Force Archives. Identikit: Douglas/Long Beach B-17G-95-DL Fortress 44-83884 Yankee Doodle Dandy

    8Th Air Force Bomber Command Gunner Richard Getty checking out his machine gun ball turret which he named "Ball of Fire" in the belly of a B-17 Flying Fortress, at US 8th Bomber Command airdrome in southern England.. Location: United Kingdom September 1942 Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White

    Ambulances And Medics Of The 70Th Service Group Stand By To Administer Plasma To An Injured Man On An Incoming Plane At Great Dunmow, Essex, England. 5 October 1943.

    Boeing B-17F of the 95th Bomb Group with damage to the No. 3 engine. (U.S. Air Force photo)

    Replacing the engine on a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 398th Bombardment Group.

    An Air Force navigator on B-17 "Sweet and Lovely" tosses flight bag on truck after mission. Lt. makes reports. 8th Air Force, England

    Military Aircraft Insignia | ... Insignia And Aircraft Markings Of The Eighth Air Force In World War II

    Delta Rebel (2) - 91st Bomb Group (H). Left to Right: B. Z. Byrd, Radio Operator; Randy Peterson, Left Waist Gunner; Steve Perri, Ball Turret Gunner; Harry Kulchesky, Right Waist Gunner; Clark Gable; Chuck Bennett, Co-pilot; George Birdsong, Pilot; Robert Abb, Bombardier; Robert Card, Tail Gunner The actor Clark Gable is included in the Delta Rebel crew as he was in the process of shooting the documentary film "Combat America."

    Tail gunner Robert M. Pittis 487th of the Mighty 8th AF

    Nose Art, Second Schweinfurt, Air Force, Schweinfurt Memories, Aircraft Nose, Flying Fortress, Eighth Air, Memories Association, B 17 Superfortress

    World War II in Color: American Bombers and Their Crews, 1942 |

    American B-17F pilot Robert W. Biesecker and his crew are posing with their two mascots, a dog named Scrappy and a monkey named Joe (October 18, 1943), by M. McNeill via the Hulton Archive and Getty Images

    Vivien Leigh speaks to personnel of the U.S. 381st Bomb Group at the christening of the newly-delivered B-17G Flying Fortress nicknamed "Stage Door Canteen" during a visit to Ridgewell with Lieutenant Mary Churchill (daughter of the Prime Minister), Lawrence Oliver (at far right), and Alfred Lunt (April 21, 1944).