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1st Lt. George N. Bech, Jr. was a World War II pilot and bomber with the 303rd Bomb Group, 8th U.S. Army Air Force, stationed in Europe. His plane, the Boeing B-17G Bonnie B, was probably named after his newborn daughter, Bonnie Bech, and is featured in a National Air and Space Museum mural painted by Keith Ferris.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0474

Creator

Bech, George N., Jr.

Date

1940-1945

Provenance

George N. Bech, Jr., gift, unknown, XXXX-0474, unknown

Extent

0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Diaries

Photographs

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of George Bech's diary, detailing his life and missions from December 11, 1943 to July 1, 1944, as well as original photographs and copy prints of the Bonnie B, George Bech, and the 303rd Bomb Group. There is also a memorandum of special orders from Headquarters, Air Transport Command, 3/16/1944.

Genre/Form

Diaries

Photographs

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

United States. Army Air Forces. 303rd Bombardment Group

Bech, George N., Jr.

Topics Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Military
World War, 1939-1945

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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