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Lieutenant Stanley Stedt, a bombardier of the 306th Bomb Group, rides a bomb across the aerodrome at Thurleigh. His fellow airmen sit atop ammunition for B-17 Flying Fortresses. Image stamped on reverse: 'Sport and General.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication '9 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '273717.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'THE DEFENSIVE POWER OF FLYING FORTRESSES. The extremely heavy defense of the Flying Fortresses has enabled them to fight their way through to targets like Huls and Kiel in the face of the most intensive fighter opposition aerial warfare has ever seen. The result of these and other encounters has been the destruction of more than 1100 enemy aircraft. Formations of Flying Fortresses have an average of 12 1/2.50 calibre machine guns per plane (which can be manned simultaneously by the usual crew of ten). 27046: A crew of a Flying Fortress outside the 46,000 rounds of ammunnition, enough to service a flight of Fortresses and a bomb load for one machine. S. & G. G.C.'



  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...



  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...


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