IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
A B-17 Flying Fortress (41-24605) nicknamed "Knock-Out Dropper" of the 359th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group takes off. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Planet News.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 13 Nov 1943.' [stamp] and '292797.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '"Knock-out Dropper" holds the lead in Flying Fortress bombing marathon. Photo shows:- The Flying Fortress "Knock-out Dropper" taking off from an airfield "somewhere in England". Gai. Noverber 13th 1943 PN. ' Handwritten on reverse: '303 BG, 359 BS, 41-24605 "Knock-Out Dropper".'
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...
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...