US Air Force KC-135R 60-0324 of the 351st Air Refueling Squadron/100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) has adopted Sly Fox nose art to represent B-17F 42-30278, which was shot down on March 6, 1944 while serving with the 100th Bombardment Group (BG).
The Stratotanker was photographed recently at its RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk base by Luca Chadwick.
The antecedent of today’s 100th ARW, the 100th BG operated the Flying Fortress from RAF Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk during World War Two and was known as ‘The Bloody Hundredth’.
After flying B-17s the 100th conducted various different missions under various guises and operated the B-47 Stratojet, KC-97 Stratotanker, U-2, DC-130 Hercules and the Minuteman II ICBM.
Today’s 100th ARW conducts air refueling and combat support operations throughout the European and African area of responsibility and is the only permanent US air refuelling wing in Europe.