Staff Sergeant Albert Van Hoon Carroll, a gunner of the 303rd Bomb Group marks raids on the door to an army hut. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and '257542.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: S/Sgt. (Gunner) Albert Van Hoon Carroll, aged 20, of 110 W. Fannin Marshall, Texas, marks up the record of another raid on a door at his English base. Carroll, a student before joining the U.S. Air Force, has taken part in 11 raids and has been awarded the Air Medal and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. " It's a hot war but we're making it hotter for Jerry" is his message home. U.79. Not to be published before 20th April 1943.'
John W. Stuermer Crew
303rd BG - 358th BS
23 credited missions (first on 17 nov 1942)
Evaded after shot down by fighters 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425792 'The Mugger'. With one engine on fire, plane crashed outised Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, France, where a monument was erected to Pilot Robert O'Connor and Bombardier Richard Peterson who were killed.
S/Sgt Carroll returned to Molesworth on 19 October 1943 after a successful evasion from capture.
(confusion have been made before with Sgt Marvin W Carroll, killed in action on 22 feb 1944)
Units served with
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
Delivered Long Beach 28/1/43; Salina 11/2/43; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-I] Molesworth 8/4/43; Missing in Action Le Mans 4/7/43 with Bob O'Connor, Bombardier: Rich Peterson (2 Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Donovan Manifold, Navigator: Andy Halioris, Radio...