B-17F 41-24359 in the 92nd
This B-17F was one of the original aircraft of the 32nd Bomb Squadron, 301st Bomb Group, assigned to Lt William Broderick and his crew on September 8, 1942. For reasons unknown to me, she became a "hangar queen" and was transferred to the 305th BG on November 25, 1942, the day after the 301st left England for North Africa.
By that time she had acquired artwork on both sides of her nose - a bright yellow woodpecker carrying a red bomb. (You can see just a trace of the artwork in the photo.)
In the publication "92nd B-17 Aircraft Roster" it states that 41-24359 was gained from the 305th Bomb Group on 20 April 1943 and transfered to the 482nd Bomb Group about four months later on 25 August. I'm curious about where the information that this B-17 was coded NV-F came from . . . are there photographs of this aircraft in the 92nd? And did the nose art of a woodpecker carrying a bomb still exist when this B-17 flew with the 92nd?
I'd be grateful for any information at all about this aircraft's time in the 92nd. (Or in the 301st, 305th and 482nd!)
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