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Wes Gallagher, a war correspondent for the Associated Press stationed in North Africa, was allowed aboard a 301st Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress on the Group's raid on Tunis in early January 1943. He photographed one of the 301st Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortresses (serial number 41-24418) through the waist gunner's window aboard the B-17 Flying Fortress he was riding in. Passed for publication 16 Jan 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '301BG.' Printed caption on reverse: 'Pictures Taken During Actual Bombing Raid On Tunis When 19 German Fighters Were Shot Down. This interesting series of photographs were taken by Wes Gallagher, the Associated Press War Correspondent in North Africa, when he flew in one of the bombers which raided Tunis at the beginning of this year. Flying Fortresses carried out the raid, escorted by P-38 fighters. The sortie resulted in the biggest air battle on the Tunisian front to date, 19 German fighters being shot down. Associated Press Photo Shows:- The Fortresses start lining up wing to wing for the attack. This is how one of the bombers looked from the waist gunner's position in the photographer's plane. GAP 254302. 16-1-1943.' Censor no: 243403. On reverse: Associated Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...


  • 41-24418 'Mickey Finn' 'Special Delivery II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 12/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; flew group's first mission 5/9/42; Tafaraoui 26/11/42; as MICKEY FINN 11m; transferred 32BS and renamed SPECIAL DELIVERY II total 79m; Returned to the USA Rapid City 398BG (training) 10/11/43;...


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