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Discussion in 'Allied Bomber Planes' started by adambhoy, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. adambhoy

    adambhoy Member

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    Hi All--

    Trying to ID this particular B-17G by the number 2462 on the nose (and by extension, the crew) and figure out what BG/BS it served in. I'm not an expert--does the number on the nose correspond to the last four of the tail number? Or was this a squadron-specific number somehow with no connection to the A/C number?

    What's the "8902" on the placard in front of the men? A crew number? Is there anywhere to research that?

    Looks like the cowlings are a different color than the fuselage--red perhaps?

    Based on the unis I'd guess ETO.

    Pic attached.

    TIA
    Adam

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  2. lwd

    lwd Ace

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    Looking at:
    Boeing B-17 serial numbers
    the 8902 could be the C/n of the aircaraft as it corresponds to:
    This site:
    1942 USAAF Serial Numbers (42-30032 to 42-39757)
    has the following looking at 2462
    Not an expert so may or may not be related.
    B-17 Serial Numbers From 1942 All US Military A/C S/N's 1908 to Present
    might also be of some use.
    *** edit for ***
    It lead to this site:
    USASC-USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Military Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present
    Which contained:
    This book might also be prove useful:
    https://www.amazon.com/B-17-Nose-Art-Name-Directory/dp/1580072259

    In any case our experts should be along shortly to tell you where I've gone wrong. :)
    Hopefully you'll succeed. Let us know if you find the info elsewhere pls.
     
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  3. mcoffee

    mcoffee Son-of-a-Gun(ner)

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    The numbers on the nose are most likely the last 4 of the s/n as was common on training aircraft. The crew photo was probably taken stateside so the aircraft probably did not go overseas with the crew. A likely candidate is 42-102462, B-17G-50-BO. 42-102462 | American Air Museum in Britain

    The 8902 on the placard is probably a reference for the photographer to match the photo with his notes on the crew. I have seen a few where it was a crew number but those usually read "Crew XXXX" rather than just the bare number.
     
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  4. lwd

    lwd Ace

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    mcoffee is one of the experts I was referring to on this sort of thing.
     

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