(Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, March 31, 2003: This Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group during World War II, and was based in England. It was named by the crew after a popular 1944 song by the Andrew Sisters.

The crew and the plane were listed as missing in action on May 29, 1944, when they were forced to land in Sweden when the plane suffered mechanical failure during a bombing mission to Poland. In a deal with the U.S. government, the Swedish government — neutral during WWII — repatriated the crew (as well as crews from seven other bombers forced to divert that day), but kept the aircraft. Tracked down decades later by a military historian, the remains of the Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby were donated to the U.S. Air Force in 1972 and restored.

The bomber is currently in storage at the National USAF Museum awaiting transfer to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.

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