The 490th BG – a claim to fame!

The 490th BG (H) were based at RAF Eye (Station 138) and had several ‘claims to fame’.

Adorning their aircraft, was some of the most provocative nose art of any USAAF aircraft. Seemingly uncensored, like other aircraft of the mighty Eighth, they wore full length nudes and made references to prostitutes of the day – unheard of at the time.

RAF Eye is now an industrial estate, where wind turbines have replaced the propellers of lumbering B-17s, the runway remains in its entirety but the threat of further development continues to increase.

RAF Eye is part of Trail 14

Photo: 490th Bomb Group, USAAF via Eric Swain (via http://www.controltowers.co.uk/e/eye.htm)

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