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Staff Sergeant Ward W Kirkpatrick, a ball turret gunner of the 303rd Bomb Group, climbs into position inside his B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and '256543.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '"Here we go." Staff Sergent Ward W. Kirkpatrick, a gunner with the U.S. Army Air Force in Britain, clambers into his gun turret . Aged 19, he comes from 194-5th Avenue West North , Kalispell, Montana, where his parents , Mr & Mrs W.C. Kirkpatrick now reside. Sergt. Kirkpatrick who holds the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster, and has 12 missions to his credit, was educated at Flathead County High School. In civil life he worked for Kirkpatrick Brothers, General Construction Contractors. He says "I'm having a swell time. The British treat us fine. Love to all." Not to be published before 20th April 1943.'
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...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).
Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster