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B-17E formation aircraft of the 379th Bomber Group of the US 525th Bomber Squadron, RAF Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, 24 Jul 1944

Caption   B-17E formation aircraft of the 379th Bomber Group of the US 525th Bomber Squadron, RAF Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, 24 Jul 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Air Force
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 9 Feb 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
9 Feb 2010 01:23:40 AM

In early 1944, war-weary aircraft began being specially fitted as Formation Assembly Ships to aid assembly of individual group formations equipped with signal lighting and featured distinctive individual paint schemes to enable easy recognition by their flock of bombers. Arrangements for signal lighting varied from group to group, but generally consisted of white flashing lamps on both sides of the fuselage arranged to form the identification letter of the group. All armament and armor was removed. As these aircraft normally returned to base once a formation had been established, a skeleton crew of two pilots, a navigator, a radio operator, and one or two flare discharge men were carried. These aircraft became known as Judas Goats.
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
28 Mar 2010 12:08:25 AM

This particular aircraft flew as the "Birmingham Blitzkrieg" and served as a target tug as well as an assembly ship with the 379th BG. She originally flew with the 97th BG during some of the first Eighth Air Force bombing missions in 1942.

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WW2-Era Place Name Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Lat/Long 52.3147, -0.3831
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