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

A B-17F Flying Fortress (RD-U, serial number 42-30606) of the 423rd Bomb Squadron 306th Bomb Group, parked outside a bombed hangar at Wathisham. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Boeing B-17F 306th. Wathisham A/F, Suffolk. 8/43. Hangar bombed by Jerries.'



  • 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,...

  • 423rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30606

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/6/43; Kearney 14/7/43; Dow Fd 18/7/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-U] Thurleigh 4/8/43; Missing in Action Kiel 4/1/44 with Chas Tucker, Co-pilot: Gene McFadden, Navigator: Owen Johnson, Bombardier: Sid Passin, Flight engineer/top...


  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...


Date Contributor Update
31 August 2015 01:13:08 Paul Bellamy Changes to place associations

Misspelling of Wattisham in caption.
Image shows the bombed-out central two C-Type Hangars at Wattisham, not repaired until after WWII.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:45:18 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection