History of the
B-17 #41-2578 / Butcher Shop aka Big Tin Bird

Pendleton, Oregon – 18 February 1942; Polebook, England (340BS/97BG) – April 1942; Bovingdon, England (326BS/92BG) – 25 August 1942; Glatton, England (457BG) – 3 March 1944; Kings Cliffe, England (77FS/20FG) – 3 August 1944; Alconbury, England (Salvaged) – 6 August 1945

Details 41-2578 / Butcher Shop aka Big Tin Bird

Lead bomber of first strike force on VIII Bomber Command Mission #1 on 17 August 1942. Oldest Boeing B-17 in the 8AF at war’s end.

B-17 #41-2578 / Butcher Shop aka Big Tin Bird

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