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"The crash crew at the 303rd "Flying Fortress" station swarm over the 'Thunder Bird' to extinguish an engine fire as it returns from a mission to Germany. Some of the men are lost in the cloud of steam as they work to save the old plane, a veteran of more than 100 missions."



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-38050 'Thunder Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Syracuse 18/12/43; Presque Isle 22/12/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-U] Molesworth 18/1/44; transferred 384 Grafton Underwood 23/3/45; ret Molesworth 14/4/45; transferred 388BG Knettishall 30/4/45; 116m, retUS Bradley 11/7/45...


Date Contributor Update
28 April 2019 15:07:41 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations