FRE 1004


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Sergeant Charles L. Roth, Radio Operator (303rd Bomb Group), fixes the nose turret gun of his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24567) nicknamed "Beats Me!?'. Image stamped on reverse: ‘Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 16 Dec 1942. [stamp] and ‘238765.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'HE WANTS A STEAK IN CHICAGO. 20-year-old Sgt Charles L. Roth, of 6533 Meneriva Avenue, has an army job which suits him down to the ground - or up in the air. In civilian life he was an auto mechanic; now he is dealing with aeroplanes. Charles thinks the British weather is "not so good" (though some of his pals put it more strongly). What he really wants, he sends word to his parents in Broomfield, Colorado, is "a nice steak in Chicago", presumably with his fiancee, Miss Norma Mikes to help him eat it. O.P.S. Charles on the nose of an aeroplane.'


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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


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18069118
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Beats Me
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron


Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47

I have a copy of this picture at home, sent by Charles himself. I flew him and relatives on 06/11/94 above the crash site in France.

Date: 8 Sep 2014 15:28:42

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection