B-17G 'Witchita Belle', Ser. Nr. 42-......?

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  1. seesul

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    Does anyone know:

    1) Ser. Nr. of this B-17?
    2) the training airbase where this A/C served?
    Photos of B-17

    I´ve seen more crew pics posing in front of this training B-17. One of those crews was shot down close to my born town and I got nice crew photo in front of the same machine...

    Thank you.
     
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    I've done a quick search of my references Roman, but haven't found anything. But most of my B17 stuff is based on the 8th AF in the UK.
     
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    Thank you Terry,

    I´m sure this particular B-17 was used to the training purposes in USA only.
     
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    Hi Harry,
    Liberty Belle is a different story. If am I not wrong this A/C (still flying today) even didn´t touch WW2. The original Liberty Belle was salvaged in 1945.
    Just to let you know the world is small check this http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/warbird-displays/flying-legends-duxford-2008-a-10748-5.html
    As you can see I was aboard Liberty Belle. That little boy behind the 0.50´s is my son Tommy.
     
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    Hm.... no pictures I have found suggest anything...

    WIll try some books later.
     
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    O.K. Thanks!
    As I said I have a crew picture taken in front of this A/C and all this crew but 1st pilot was KIA during the crash few miles away from my born town.
    I´d just like to know where this pic was taken.
     
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    Let me have a read through a particular book Roman. I think the training base in Wichita might be mentioned, which will at least give you a location. Might take some time though - it's a thick book!
     
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    Same...I have to give a book a read through that mentions B-17 training in the beginning.
     
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    Good find but the serial number begins with 44 (But we dont know the others either) and the crew seems to be different..
     
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    Thank you! Iteresting find. But the one you found is 'Wichita Belle'. The plane I´m looking for is 'Witchita Belle'.
     
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    It was my mistake I said 42-..... it is just my opinion but you never now, maybe 44-...... is also in the a game.
     
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    Thank you Terry!
    I got Roger Freeman´s book 'The story of Flying Fortress' showing the brief operational history of each B-17 ever builded. I bought it in Duxford, btw. Think I´ll have to go page by page to find out which one is Witchita from those 12.000+ machines...:shock:
     
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    Thx for the link. I´ll check it out.
     
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    Just found another pic of Witchita Belle at footnote.
    I sent a message to Mr. Walker who posted this picture...let´s see.
     

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    Interesting pic Seesul.
    Hopefully he returns your email.


    Wheels
     
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    No answer by now :( but I still hope.
     
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