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Staff Sergeant Joseph Collette of the 306th Bomb Group with the top turret guns of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Handwritten on reverse: '306BG. 246558.'

(This is the Type 3 dome for the A-1 Sperry top turret. It is characterized by less panels than the Type 1 & 2; constant curve and higher center section, lack of raised rear headroom of the Type 1 & 2; lack of framed, raised center section of the Type 4 dome; yet retention of the external lugs of the Type 1 through 4.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

An airman of the 306th Bomb Group with the top turret guns of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Handwritten on reverse: '306BG. 246558.'

Connections

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

People

  • Joseph Collette

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    He was assigned to Craig Harwood crew. Reported to group on 30 Dec 1942. He flew the first raid to Germany on 27 Jan 1943 with Col. Frank A. Armstrong as an engineer. Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 #4229625. KIA. AM 4OLC, DFC

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2019 16:32:59 phil marchese Changes to caption
Sources

FLYING FORTRESS 1936 1945
TURRET DOME ILLUSTRATIONS

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2019 16:12:54 Emily Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Collette identified in Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual, p 152

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:24:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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