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

A bomber crew of the 305th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Lallah-V" that belly landed on the runway. From left to right they are: First Lieutenant Karl H. Brauer, Navigator, from Indianapolis; Major J. Lawrence Smith co-pilot, from Carpinteria, California; Second Lieutenant Magnus G. Bolken, Operations Officer, from Arnegard, North Dakota; First Lieutenant Robert D. Metcalf, Bombardier, from Sacramento, California; Staff Sergeant John F. Hill, Asst radio operator, from Valhalla, New York; First Lieutenant Varney D. Cline, Pilot from Pineville, West Virginia; William M. Beach, Engineer, from Lordsburg, New Mexico; and Staff Sergeant Peter Mastalarz Radio operator from Rockford, Illinois. Official caption printed on image: '(GPR-113-7-305) [obscured by censor] (29-7-43)(Crew in front of 156).' Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 25 Aug 1943.' [stamp] and '280524.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse has been damaged, what remains reads: 'FLYING FORTRESS ON HER BELLY. On the return from a recent raid over Europe the crew of the Fortress "LALLAH-V" piloted by 1st Lt. Varnet Cline, of Pineville, West Virginia covered the last 500 yards of the trip on the under carriage. As the Fort circled the field, it appeared to be in good condition. It was not until the ship had been set down on the runway in a perfect landing that anyone had the idea that there was trouble in the wind. As the plane rolled to the end of the runway and had come to an almost complete stop, the landing gear collasped and the plane came to a stop resting on the body of the Fortress. Keystone photo shows:- L to R: 1st. Lt. Karl H Brauer, Navigator, from Indianapolis; Major J. Lawrence Smith co-pilot, from Carpinteria, California; 2nd Lt Magnus G.Bolken, Operations Officer, from Arnegard, N. Dakota; 1st Lt. Robert D Metcalf, Bombardier, from Sacramento, Cal.; St.Sgt. John F. Hill, Asst [radio] operator, from Valhalla, New York, [1st Lt Varney D.] Cline, Pilot from Pineville, West VA....William M. Beach, Engineer, from Lordsburg, New Mexico and S/Sgt. Peter Mastalarz Radio [operator] from Rockford, Illinois ... Keystone.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Believed WFR 25156.'

Connections

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

People

  • Magnus Bolken

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-17 #4297077. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Karl Brauer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Crew completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

  • Varney Cline

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot
    KNO. Killed on formation practice flight in B17#42-230666. Earlier ac shot up 17 May 1943 in B-17 #4229745. With two engines out and one on fire, crew baled out near English coast.

  • John Hill

    Military

  • Robert Metcalf

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Crew completed 25 missions by 19 August 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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