Wings of Hope

After each flight, the B-17 Flying Fortress crews issued the 92nd Bombardment Group's version of the “Short Snorter” to each of the servicemen they transported to Africa. A short Snorter has been described as “a piece of paper money circulated during war and in a combat zone and signed by friends and comrades. The writing commemorated events, dates, exploits, assignments, locations, people and related information.” During World War II, Short Snorters were signed by flight crews and conveyed good luck to soldiers crossing the Atlantic Ocean. On the 92nd BG's version, the group paid its respects to the passengers and reminded them that it was the “oldest bomber group in the ETO” that was helping them home. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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