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

A formation of B-17 Flying Fortresses fly over a B-17 Flying Fortress (BN-R) nicknamed "Knock-Out Dropper" of the 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group. Passed for publication 13 Nov 1943. Printed caption on reverse: '"Knock-Out Dropper" Holds The Lead In Flying Fortress Bombing Marathon. Photo Shows:- Flying Fortresses coming in to land over the record-making "Knock-Out Dropper", which is taxiing to the dispersal point. Gai. November 13th 1943. PN.' On reverse: Planet News Ltd, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 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


  • 41-24605 Knock-out Dropper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-R] Bangor 22-Sep-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; First 8th Air Force aircraft to complete 50, then 75 missions- 27-Mar-44; with M/Sgt Buford Pafford as crew chief; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5-Jun-44; Reconstruction Finance...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:42:45 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection