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"Nearing the I.P."

384th Bomb Group B-17s near the "Initial Point" (IP) shortly before bombs away in a bombing mission in April, 1944.

Aircraft is "Lilly Belle", a B-17G-30-DL, Ser. No. 42-38208, with squadron codes SO+A.

"Lilly Belle" was a Douglas-built B-17G assigned to the 547th Squadron, 384th Bomb Group from March 1, 1944 to May 27, 1945. It was then transferred to the 398th Bomb Group and then back to the USA.

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