IWM catalogue record
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Staff Sergeant Charles D. Hill, a waist gunner of the 306th Bomb Group in position inside a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image via BL Davies. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 2 Feb 1943.' [stamp] and '246557.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN AIRMEN WHO MADE FIRST DAYLIGHT RAID ON GERMANY. Associated Press Photos shows: Staff Sgt. Charles D. Hill of Baltimore, Maryland, The waist Gunner of the First Fortress to bomb Wilhelmshaven. TET 254771/2. 1243. ' Alternate caption on duplicate print: 'Passed by the censor - Nos. 246556/7. AMERICAN AIRMEN WHO MADE FIRST DAYLIGHT RAID ON GERMANY. Big bombers of the United States Army Air Force made their first daylight raid on Germany recently when they dropped tons of high explosives on the Nazi Naval Base at Wilhelmshaven. The Bombers, unescorted, met considerable fighter opposition and shot down 22 for the loss of 3 bombers. Photos shows: Staff Sgt. Charles D. Hill of Baltimore, Maryland, The waist Gunner of the First Fortress to bomb Wilhelmshaven. TET 25477 1/2. 2243.'
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,...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
He flew on Lt. Earl Tunnel crew. Joined the group in June 1942. He was in the lead plane as waist gunner on 1st Wilhenshaven, Germany mission with Gen. Armstrong. Shot down 6 March 1943 in B-17F 42-5378, 306BG/367BS as Waist Gunner. The aircraft ...