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384 Bomb Group B-17G Exhaust Stub Relic - Click for the bigger picture

384 Bomb Group B-17G Exhaust Stub Relic

Another item from the small Grafton Underwood collection we have purchased. With this one we have some clues to its origin as we have a ticket attached. This is marked ‘AAFES Form 6900-112’.We believe this to be from the’ Army and Air Force Exchange Services’ which was established in 1895 and was and is the retailer on US Army and Air Force bases. On the reverse is hand written ‘From 384 B.G. B-17 crashed Nr Weldon 1.08.44 during assembly.’ Below is written ‘42-9702’. We checked on line and on 1 August 1944 a B-17G, which was named ‘Green Mountain Girl’ serial nos 42-97072 crashed at Grafton Underwood/ S106 and the aircraft was written off beyond repair. In addition we found 384 BG was tasked on that day to bomb airfields, bridges and tactical targets in France. It seems B-17 G serial Nos 42-97072 sadly never made it. The relic, which we believe could be part of the exhaust system, is badly crushed but carries an intact data plate reading: ‘ Installation Instructions. Install bolts snug not tight. Back off 1/2 Turn and Safety Wire.’ Worthy of further research. Measures 20” (50cm)