Original U.S. WWII Fuselage Piece from Boeing B-17G "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" - Crash Landed at Swedish Airport
Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. The aircraft that would become Shoo Shoo Baby was accepted into the U.S. Army Air Forces inventory on 19 January 1944, and arrived in Great Britain on 2 March. After depot modifications, it was flown to the 91st Bomb Group at RAF Bassingbourn on 23 March and began flying missions the next day. 2nd Lt. Paul C. McDuffee was the first pilot assigned to the aircraft and flew 14 of his 25 missions in it, but nine different crews flew Shoo Shoo Baby on missions.
The B-17 flew 24 combat missions from England with the 91st BG, with three other missions aborted for mechanical problems, before being listed as missing in action on 29 May 1944. On its final mission, to the Focke Wulf aircraft component factory at Poznań, Poland, it crash-landed at Malmö Airport, Sweden, one of many U.S. Bombers to end up in Sweden. The crew were interned, and the U.S. worked out a deal where the servicemen would be repatriated, but not the planes. Many had landed in repairable condition, and were converted and used by the Swedish military, and then sold off to private companies, eventually ending up in France.
In 1961, the remains of the Boeing B-17G-35-BO, serial number 42-32076, Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby, were donated to the U.S. Air Force by France, and efforts were begun to restore it not long after.
This very fine display box shows a nice picture of the Bomber "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby", and below it is a 1/4 " x 1/8" piece of aircraft aluminum, with the following paragraph below:
B-17 "SHOO SHOO SHOO BABY" SKIN
The Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Baby," as her crew chief nicknamed this B-17G, completed 22 bombing missions before battle damage received during her 23rd mission caused her crew to make an emergency landing in neutral Sweden, ending her combat career. This is a piece of original metal skin from the B-17G "Shoo Shoo Baby."
Limited Edition #026 of 150.
All of this is very nicely mounted in a glazed wooden frame. It measures about 16 7/8" x 13 3/4" x 5/8", and is in wonderful display condition. One may also note that the name sometimes has two "Shoo"s in the name, and sometimes three. Apparently it was originally two, and the third was added later by another crew. Included with the case on the back in a folder is information about the plane, and records of the ebay sale.
These commemorative framed pieces were being sold to fund the restoration of the plane at Dover AFB. Today, B-17G Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby is fully restored and preserved, currently in storage at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, awaiting transfer to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
A great piece of WWII European Theater history!
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