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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

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

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.'

Connections

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    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...

  • 366th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Louis Simpson

    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.

Aircraft

  • 42-102555

    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; ...

Missions

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2019 16:05:09 Emily Changes to caption
Sources

Incident on 18 July 1944Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary,

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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