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Elements of the 97th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, arrived at Royal Air Force High Wycombe, England on May 12, 1942.  On August 17, 1942, three months later, 12 B-17s from the 97 BG, led by then Major Paul Tibbets, carried out the first high altitude AAF heavy bomber raid over Europe against the railroad marshalling yards at Rouen-Sotteville, France.

97th Bomb Group over Brittan

Several B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 97th Bombardment Group flying over the English countryside sometime in 1942. (Courtesy of the American Air Museum in Britain)

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Courtesy of the American Air Museum in Britain

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History, WWII, Maxwell AFB, ACTS, High Altitude Bombing, Bomber Mafia, WPD, AWPD/1

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