B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 42-30721 / Sweet and Lovely

B-17 #42-30721 / Sweet and Lovelyzoom_in



  • RCL: VP-T/I

Missions: 28


History of
B-17 42-30721 / Sweet and Lovely

Delivered Dallas 19/7/43; Gr Isle 11/8/43; Assigned 482BG Alconbury 31/8/43; transferred 533BS/381BG [VP-T] Ridgewell 20/9/43; 28m 8AF Fight Com, Debden (Radwinter) as radio relay aircraft 25/4/44; 610BS/398BG [3O- ] Nuthampstead 15/11/44; to 435 ASGp 3/6/45 then Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 12/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 4/10/45. SWEET AND LOVELY.

Last updated: 20. June 2020


B-17 42-30721 / Sweet and Lovely Details

After completing 27 bombing missions #42-30721 ‘Sweet and Lovely’ was used over the English Channel for radio-relay operations for the 65th Fighter Wing. The plane would circle over the English Channel and transfer radio messages to Air/Sea Rescue from aircrews in trouble.

The plane was painted in special recognation markings, red and white stripes that were similar to those used for the D-Day invasion.

S/Sgt. Howard Van Hooser runs patch thru barrel of 05 col. machine gun.

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