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

A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress. A censor has obscured the insignia on the men's jackets. Passed as censored 29 Jan 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'First American Raid On Germany. Flying Fortresses And Liberators Of The U.S. Army Air Corps Carried Out Their First Raid On Germany On Wednesday Last. O.P.S., Left To Right: Sergt. Ward W. Kirkpatrick, (Kalispele, Mont.); T/Sgt. Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, Cal.); 1st Lt. Milton K. Conver, (Cincinnatti, Ohio); 2nd Lt. John W. Dillinger, (Avoca, Iowa), co-pilot; Capt. B.B. Southworth, (Columbus, Ohio), pilot; Sgt. Jack Belk, (Temple, Tex.); Sgt. William Fleming, (Burdine, K.Y.); 1st Lt. Jon R. Schueler, (Milwaukee, Wis.); T/Sgt. Edward J. Doughty, (Phiadelphia, Penn.); T/Sgt. Waldo B. Brandt, (Denver, Ind.). Barratt's. 29/1/43.' On reverse: Ministry of Information, Barratt's Photo Press 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...


  • Jack Belk

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, with the rank of Sergeant. 303BG personnel record does not indicate that he was assigned to any particular crew at that time and does not indicate when he arrived at...

  • Waldo Brandt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Milton Conver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • John Dillinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Trained to fly initially at 63rd Army Air Forces Contract Pilot School Douglas, GA. Member of class 42F (July 42). then went to Shaw Field, Sumter, SC for the next level of flying training. Graduated with the class of 42F at the pilot school in Dothan,...

  • Edward Doughty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner

  • William Fleming

    Military | Sergeant | A/Rad

  • Ward Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Lucian Means

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    1-May-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 [GN-P] "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Bad Check". Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

  • Jon Schueler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hospitalised late 1943. Medically discharged 1944. ...

  • Billy Southworth

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot


  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.


  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Date Contributor Update
09 March 2017 20:12:57 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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