41-24612 The Devil Himself

Object Number - UPL 40127 - Factory fresh B-17F Flying Fortesses, USA 1942.

Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-R] Bangor 25/9/42; Molesworth 26/10/42; transferred AFSC 25/5/43 for special gun tests; 1 CCRC Bovingdon /43; Returned to the USA 20/12/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 9/10/45.


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Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Staff Sergeant Antoni Bednarchuk, a tail gunner of the 303rd Bomb Group, holds the group's mascot by the tail guns of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp]. 'Passed for Publication 19 April 1943.' [stamp], 'Not to be Published before 20 April 1943.' [printed note] and '257534.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Former bus driver at Providence, R.I. S/Sgt (Gunner) Antoni Bednarchuk,aged 27 has now taken 8 trips by air against the Germans. He has
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11043689
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer




Date11 May 2020 19:13:52
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303rd Bomb Group records

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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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