A battle damaged B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102555) of the 305th Bomb Group. The aircraft was damaged when a 500lb bomb smashed through the nose of the aircraft while flying over the Target on 18 July 1944. Navigator Lieutenant L J Simpson was killed in the accident
Handwritten caption on reverse: '2102353 KY-F- 7/44.'
IWM catalogue record
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A battle damaged B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102555) of the 305th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '2102353 KY-F- 7/44.'
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
Simpson was killed in action on 18 July 1944 when a 500lb bomb fell through the nose of his aircraft over the target. The aircraft, B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102555) managed to return to base.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 6/4/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-F] Chelveston 14/5/44;
18 July 1944
Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.