The crew of the B-17F - nicknamed Ye Olde Pub - that took off on a cold, overcast winter day in Britain to target an FW-190 factory at Bremen, Germany. That mission on December 20, 1943, was 2nd Lt. Charles L. Brown's first combat mission as an aircraft commander with the 379th Bomb Group.

The crew of the B-17F - nicknamed Ye Olde Pub - that took off on a cold, overcast winter day in Britain to target an FW-190 factory at Bremen, Germany. That mission on December 20, 1943, was 2nd Lt. Charles L. Brown's first combat mission as an aircraft commander with the 379th Bomb Group.

379th BG Kimbolton. AC #44-6143. 46 missions total. Last crew Emmet B Doherty Pilot. Most of crew POW on mission 216 10/6/44 to Stralsund Germany -Power Plant

379th BG Kimbolton. AC #44-6143. 46 missions total. Last crew Emmet B Doherty Pilot. Most of crew POW on mission 216 10/6/44 to Stralsund Germany -Power Plant

Men's Leather,Leather Jacket,Nose Art,Aircraft

Not all jackets had pin-up girls, cartoons or death dealing icons, the 392nd Bomb Group decided to honor Birdie Schmidt of the American Red Cross (ARC), by naming one of their B-24s, “Birdie Schmidt”.  To them, Birdie and her colleagues were more than donut dollies, they were a touch of home away from home.

Not all jackets had pin-up girls, cartoons or death dealing icons, the 392nd Bomb Group decided to honor Birdie Schmidt of the American Red Cross (ARC), by naming one of their B-24s, “Birdie Schmidt”. To them, Birdie and her colleagues were more than donut dollies, they were a touch of home away from home.

B-17 379th Kimbolton. Polly 42-5816. 38 missions. Returned to US 7/25/44

B-17 379th Kimbolton. Polly 42-5816. 38 missions. Returned to US 7/25/44

B-17 379th Kimbolton. Tondelayo 42-29896. 9 missions. Ditched over English Channel, 10 returned

B-17 379th Kimbolton. Tondelayo 42-29896. 9 missions. Ditched over English Channel, 10 returned

B-17G "SWAMP FIRE", with Korstjens Crew Standing with Ground Crew kneeling

B-17G "SWAMP FIRE", with Korstjens Crew Standing with Ground Crew kneeling

379th BG Kimbolton. 1st Lt. Elton "Pete" Hoyt. AC42-29876 "Battling Bobbie"

379th BG Kimbolton. 1st Lt. Elton "Pete" Hoyt. AC42-29876 "Battling Bobbie"

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