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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/44-85643

B-17 Flying Fortress 44-85643
At La Ferte Alais, France, June 1987.

Serial #: 44-85643
Construction #: 8552 (-VE)
Civil Registration:
  F-BEEA
Model: B-17G Flying Fortress
Name: None
Status: Destroyed
Last info: 1989

History:
Delivered to USAAF as 44-85643.
Instituit Geographique National, Creil, December 12, 1947-1989.
- Registered as F-BEEA, June 22, 1989.
- Flew as Chateau de Verneuil.
- Used for aerial survey work in Europe, Africa, and Papua-New Guinea.
- Used in movie Memphis Belle, June 1989.
-- Painted as Baby Ruth.
-- Crashed on take-off and burned, RAF Binbrook, UK, July 25, 1989.
-- No fatalities.

B-17 Flying Fortress 44-85643
F-BEEA as Baby Ruth, a couple of weeks before it was destroyed.

Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-5th Edition, 2008.
Photo Source(s):
Nigel Rolling.
Unknown.

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