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B-17G 'Tondalayo' of 406th B.S. (Picture 2)

B-17G 'Tondalayo' of 406th B.S. (Picture 2)

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B-17G 'Tondalayo' of 406th B.S. (Picture 2)

Here we see 'Benny' in front of B-17G 'Tondalayo', the aircraft of Col. The aircraft was shot down by British flak firing at German bombers on 4 March 1945 while returning from a mission.

Pictures provided by Sgt. Robert S. Tucker Sr. (Member of: The American Air Museum in Britain {Duxford} ).
Robert S. WWII Photo Book, Mighty 8th. AF, Ground Crew

World War Photos

Boeing B-17G-40-BO Flying Fortress 42-97061 “General Ike” of the 91st Bomb Group 401st Bomb Squadron. 1944 England

Combat Wing Assignment: 1st CBW
Base: Bassingbourn, England
Group tail code: A (triangle symbol)
91st BG squadrons identification codes:
LG – 322nd Bomb Squadron
OR – 323rd Bomb Squadron
DF – 324th Bomb Squadron
LL – 401st Bomb Squadron

Site statistics:
Photos of World War II: over 26800
aircraft: 63 models
tanks: 59 models
vehicles: 59 models
guns: 3 models
units: 2
ships: 47
WW2 battlefields - 12
weapon models: -
equipment: -
people: -
books in reference section: over 500

World War Photos

B-17G Flying Fortress of the 490th Bomb Group, 851st bomb Squadron. “Carolina Moon” nose art

Boeing B-17G-75-BO Flying Fortress
serial number: 43-37907

Combat Wing Assignment: 93rd CBW
3rd Air Division
Base: Eye, Suffolk England (Station 134)
Group tail code: T
490th BG squadrons identification codes and call letters:
7W – “-A” – 848th Bomb Squadron
W8 – “A” – 849th Bomb Squadron
7Q – “A-” – 850th Bomb Squadron
S3 – “A+” – 851st Bomb Squadron

Site statistics:
Photos of World War II: over 26800
aircraft: 63 models
tanks: 59 models
vehicles: 59 models
guns: 3 models
units: 2
ships: 47
WW2 battlefields - 12
weapon models: -
equipment: -
people: -
books in reference section: over 500

B-17G 'Tondalayo' of 406th B.S. (Picture 2) - History

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Part 1

Lifelike Decals, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

HyperScale is proudly supported by Squadron

F i r s t L o o k

The Japanese company Lifelike Decals has just released two new sheets for the B-17 Flying Fortress in 1/72 scale. This one 72-014 is the first of them.

The sheet provides markings for four machines in all, three &ndashGs and a single &ndashF.

The individual options are:

  • B-17G-40-VE, 42-97976, 'A Bit O' Lace' of the 709th Bomb Squadron, 477th Bomb Group based at Rattlesden Air Base in the United Kingdom in the Spring of 1945. The machine is in overall natural metal finish with a replacement port side outer wing in olive drab and neutral grey and an olive drab rudder. The placement guide makes the statement that the option is &ldquoa very famous aircraft&rdquo. An understatement indeed. Those of us who have been around for longer than they would readily like to admit in public would remember that the original issue airfix kit came with the markings for this machine.
  • B-17F-60-BO, 42-29591, 'Shamrock Special' of the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, as it appeared whilst based at Bassingbourn in the United Kingdom, October 1943. The single &ndashF model on the sheet, it is finished in olive drab upper surfaces over neutral grey undersides.
  • B-17G-35-BO, 42-31982, 'Superstitious Aloysius' of the 322nd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group based at Bassingbourn in the United Kingdom, July 1944. This option is also finished in olive drab upper surfaces over neutral grey undersides.
  • B-17G-65-BO, 43-27516, 'Tondalayo' from the 406th Bomb Squadron, 305th Bomb Group and based at Cheddington in the February of 1945. Finished in an unusual overall black and employed on Leaflet dropping missions over the continent.

As usual with Lifelike Decals their placement guide provides a full and complete description of each option and why they have depicted the way they have. Each option has a full colour side profile illustration as well as close-up illustrations of the nose art. Upper and lower plan view illustrations are also provided as appropriate to each option. The placement guide also carries a list of 16 references consulted in the research to produce this and the other B-17 sheet in 1/72 scale.

A separate sheet carries 1/72 scale line drawings of vertical views of the noses of the Academy and Hasegawa &ndashF and &ndashG kits and a comparison drawing to real &ndashFs and Gs. This sheet points out that both manufacturers have modelled their kits in variance to the actual machines. This point is highlighted by Lifelike so as you can apply your decals correctly.

The decals themselves are well up to the high standards set Lifelike Decals. You get four sheets with this issue. The larger sheet carries the majority of the codes and Bomb Group identifying symbols whilst the smaller second sheet carries all of the nose art. A point with the nose art decals is that they are all two-part in that a white underlay is provided for each. The fourth sheet carries a single set of national insignia as well as the wing group markings for the first option. The final sheet is a small errata one carrying correct serials and individual squadron code for the fourth option. All of the individual designs are thinly printed and in perfect register. Stencil data is limited to two-part manufacturer&rsquos logos for the propeller blades, fuel filler points for the upper surfaces of the wings, and fuselage underside identity lights.

The decal sheets and the placement guide come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag.

The recommended kits are Academy and Hasegawa for the &ndashF option and the Hasegawa and Academy &ndashG.

Nice stuff from Lifelike Decals. It provides good quality markings and first rate research for four very nice options.

B-17G 'Tondalayo' of 406th B.S. (Picture 2) - History

Night Leaflet Squadrons
Aber Crew

Earle J. Aber,Jr. - Pilot ASN 0437946 ( KIA )
Maurice J. Harper - Copilot ASN 02045063 ( KIA )
Paul S. Stonerock - Navigator ASN 0671187
Connie R. Morton - Boardier ASN 0750044 ( WIA )
Richard W. Billings - Observer ASN 02072336

Edward F. Valley - R.O. ASN 13154682
Maurice J. Silber - Gunner ASN Stanley Dombrowski - Gunner ASN 37566428
Ralph W. Ramsey - Gunner ASN 35567900
Fred W. Thomas,Jr. - Gunner ASN 33440803
Joseph A. Trexler,Jr. - Gunner ASN 34607410

ASNs so-colored for EMs link to their NARA Enlistment Records.

As with most Commanding Officers of the secret squadrons, Aber had a variable crew and flew at random times. However, the crew he had on his final and fatal mission has been well documented. The names below are transcribed from an account of his incident found on microfilm roll AO606 . Crew picture and incident plane below scanned from "Secret Squadrons of the Eighth". Names are not matched to faces.

Incident Aircraft: B17 43-37516 'Tondalayo'

World War II Edit

Constituted as 463rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 May 1943. Activated on 1 August 1943. Trained with Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses for duty overseas. Moved to Italy, February–March 1944, and assigned to Fifteenth Air Force. Operational squadrons were the 772d, 773d, 774th and 775th Bombardment Squadrons.

Entered combat on 30 March 1944 and operated chiefly against strategic objectives. Attacked such targets as marshaling yards, oil refineries, and aircraft factories in Italy, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Yugoslavia, and Greece.

The group received a Distinguished Unit Citation for bombing oil refineries in Ploiești on 18 May 1944: when clouds limited visibility to such an extent that other groups turned back, the 463d proceeded to Ploiești and, though crippled by opposition from interceptors and flak, rendered destructive blows to both the target and the enemy fighters.

Received a second Distinguished Unit Citation for leading the wing through three damaging enemy attacks to bomb tank factories in Berlin on 24 March 1945. Also engaged interdiction and support missions. Bombed bridges during May and June 1944 in the campaign for the liberation of Rome.

Participated in the invasion of Southern France in August 1944 by striking bridges, gun positions, and other targets. Hit communications such as railroad bridges, marshalling yards, and airdromes in the Balkans. Operated primarily against communications in northern Italy during March and April 1945.

The "Swoose" Group was commanded by Col. Frank Kurtz, a pre-war Olympic swimmer and pilot of the famed B-17 "The Swoose" in the Pacific during 1941–42.

After V-E Day, transported personnel from Italy to Casablanca for return to the US. Inactivated in Italy on 25 September 1945. Flew 222 combat missions 91 aircraft lost.

Cold War Edit

The group was redesignated 463rd Troop Carrier Group in 1952 and activated at Memphis Airport, Tennessee on 16 January 1953. The group was assigned to the 463d Troop Carrier Wing and equipped with Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcars. It received its personnel and aircraft from the 516th Troop Carrier Group, a reserve unit that had been called to active duty for the Korean War, which was simultaneously inactivated. On 1 September, the wing moved to Ardmore Air Force Base, Oklahoma. In 1957 it began replacing its C-119s with the new Lockheed C-130A Hercules turboprop transport. In September 1957 the group was inactivated and its squadrons assigned directly to the 463d Wing.

The group was redesignated 463rd Operations Group and reactivated at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas in November 1991 as part of the Air Force's Objective Wing reorganization. The group was inactivated on 1 October 1993 and its personnel and equipment were transferred to the incoming 7th Operations Group

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