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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visit an Eighth Air Force base to see a B-17 Flying Fortress (BN-O, serial number 41-24635) nicknamed "The Eightball Mk II" of the 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Photo From 56FG? Taken at their base? Duchess of Gloucester (& Duke) look over 124635 BNO Eight Ball.'
The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] New Castle 6/10/42; Molesworth 21/11/42. Flown by Captain William R. Calhoun on the 4 May 1943 mission to the Ford and General Motors works, Antwerp, Belgium, with Clark Gable on board for his first mission (slightly damaged...