B-17G 44-8007 "Screaming Eagle"

"Screaming Eagle" was the personal B-17G of Group Commander Col. Dale O. Smith. During a day's practice of flying in formation, a pilot quipped "listen to the eagle scream," as Col. Smith loudly coached his pilots to tighten the formation. Col. Smith heard the remark, and henceforth adopted the name "Screaming Eagle."

photograph courtesy of Earl Burke/National Archives