UPL 26487


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Back row: Unknown, 2nd from left Co-Pilot Billy Rose-KY, 3rd Bombardier, 4th Navigator Albert George Betette-CA, 5th Pilot Sam Constantine-NY, 6th Tail Gunner William Robert Bowers-Knoxville, Tennessee (Note the Thunderbird patch on Robert’s left shoulder) Those in the front row not identified. Was told by family members that one of the B-17 Bombers that Robert Bowers flew on was the Thunderbird.


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Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 340th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: ASN 34289151
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner


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From the records of William Robert Bowers. Identification of those in photo graph attributed to Albert G. Betette.