|Aircraft of the 457th Bomb Group
|457th Bomb Group||457th Bomb Group|
One of the oldest aircraft in the 8th Air Force. Note Elizabeth Ann has bomb symbols indicating that she survived 107 missions. 42-31551 returned to the USA at the end of the war.
Another view of Elizabeth Ann when she had only 13 missions.
A/C 42-31551, Elizabeth Ann, in flight. She was the longest surviving aircraft in the 457th Bomb Group.
Another view of Elizabeth Ann before flying any missions. This photo appears to have been taken at Wendover airfield. (note the mountains and the missing triangle U).
Another view of the nose of Elizabeth Ann.
Elizabeth Ann flying in formation over Germany on one of her 107 combat missions.
Aircraft 42-31551, Elizabeth Ann, sporting only 13 of her total of 107 completed missions.
The crash site in the Alps (Switzerland) where aircraft 42-31552, My Buddy, met it's end. Damaged while flying a mission to Munich on Jul, 12th, 1944, Gerald Kerr and crew attempted to fly to Switzerland. Four of the enlisted men parachuted into Germany and were POW's, but the officers were all killed when the aircraft hit this mountain. The crew engineer bailed out over Switzerland and was Interred.
Some of the wreckage from My Buddy, 42-31552 scattered on the mountainside.
More wreckage of My Buddy. These photos were taken in the summer of 1995.
More wreckage of 42-31552, My Buddy.
Details of debris from the crash in the Alps of 42-31552.
Some more of the wreckage scattered on the mountainside. S/N 42-31552, My Buddy, left these scattered pieces after crashing into the mountainside on July 12th, 1944.
Aircraft 41-31587 was transferred out of the 457th to the 92nd Bomb Group on Jan 21st, 1944, before the group flew it's first mission.
Aircraft 42-31588 suffered this damage fo the tail section from fighter aircraft that struck the goup on it's first mission on Feb 21st, 1944. Edward Dozier was the pilot.
A view of 42-31594, Sweater Out, taking off from Glatton airfield. On May 27th, 1944. Sweater Out was shot down by fighters on a mission to Ludwigshaven. Artie Whitlow, pilot, and another member of his crew gave their lives. The rest of the crew were POW's.
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