FRE 4020


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A bomber crew of the 96th Bomb Group with their B-17G Flying Fortress (QJ-E, serial number 43-37775) nicknamed "Oh Hardluck". Image via Sal Ciofalo. Ciofalo has enclosed a letter with image: 'The crew of a B-17 Bomber (Oh Hardluck). Stationed at Sneadenheath [sic] England. The crew and bomber is with the 96 Bomb Group, 339 Bomb Squadron. Here is some information concerning the crew of this bomber: Back Row- Left to Right- Mr Frost. Mr Sereno, Mr Thompson, Mr Keith. Front Row- Left to Right- Capt Stanton, Mar Sal Ciofalo, Mr Hernandez, the rest of the crew is missing. This bomber and crew made the shuttle mission to Russia and also was on missions to oil refineries of Merseburg, and we took severe losses.'


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The insignia of the 96th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: OH! Hard Luck


ContributorTerra Inc.
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The city's name is Merseburg, not Merseberg. I often work there ;-)

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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection