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Bruce Bairnsfather, war correspondent and famous cartoonist, congratulates crew members of Boeing B-17 'Old Bill' who have been presented awards during a ceremony at Chelveston, England On 25 July 1943.

L-R: Capt William D Whitson, 1st. Lt Harry L Holt, 1st. Lt Robert Barrall, S/Sgt John D Breen, T/Sgt Albert W Haymon, T/Sgt Fred J Bewack.

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  • Charles Bairnsfather

    Military | Captain | War Correspondent / Cartoonist
    Prominent British humorist and cartoonist. Served with Royal Warwickshire Regt being hospitalised with shellshock and hearing damage sustained during the 2nd Battle of Ypres. ...

  • Robert Barrall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. On 15-May-43 20 mm shells from Fw190 came through nose, shot away plexiglass of B-17 'Old Bill' B-17 42-29673 killing the navigator and wounding both pilots, Barrall flew the A/C home where the pilot having...

  • Fred Bewak

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    15 May 1943 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose. Plane was Old Bill B-17 42-29673 Awards: Silver Star.

  • John Breen

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. 15-May-43 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose of B-17 42-29673 'Old Bill'. Later had mid air collision with RAF Beaufighter on training mission in B17 42-5376 'Eager Eagle' 31-Aug...

  • Albert Haymon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner
    15 May 1944 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose. Plane was Old Bill B-17 42-29673. Awards: SS, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Harry Holt

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    15 May 1943 20 mm shells from FW190 came through window, shot away plexiglass nose. Plane was Old Bill B-17 42-29673

  • William Whitson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Wounded along with Co-pilot when 20mm round from enemy fighter exploded in nose of B-17 42-29673 'Old Bill', 15-May-43. Bombardier flew back to base where Capt Whitson landed the damaged A/C. Later with 3 engines...

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Date Contributor Update
29 September 2017 19:01:19 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption and person associations
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