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Number on the nose of B-17G

Discussion in 'Heavy & Very Heavy Bombers' started by seesul, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. seesul

    seesul New Member

    Hello to all.

    Some of the B-17s had number on the nose, as seen perhaps here
    Does anyone know its meaning?

    Thank you
  2. Parker

    Parker Member

    looks like a stateside training ship. Possibly 42-102767

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
  3. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    42-102767 belonged to 2nd AF / 46th BOTW / 221st AAFBU (CCTS - H) / D-4 - (Alexandria AAF)

    This is another crew three numbers away from your picture

    42-102767 cc.JPG

    ZOI Combat Crew Training B-17 Colors and Markings  1944-45.JPG
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  4. seesul

    seesul New Member


    42-97907 was a combat machine. Any clue why did it have the 907 number on its nose too?

    Thank you

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  5. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

    some of the combat groups put the last three on the nose -- the 457th BG was a group that did the last three as well as the tail code.

    Just a way of identifying an aircraft from the front and not having to walk around to the tail. Makes like so much easier on historians.

    457th bg.JPG

    even modern airliners will either put the registration number or the fleet number on the nose gear doors

    Fleet number on 737-200

    fleet number.JPG
  6. seesul

    seesul New Member

    Thank you. I wish all the groups used this practice. Many unidetified could be identified...
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2017
  7. seesul

    seesul New Member

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  8. terveurn

    terveurn Active Member

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  9. seesul

    seesul New Member

    Thank you very much! If I got it right does it mean that the pics showing the A/C without 3 digits of thge S/N on the nose were taken before summer '44?

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