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T/Sgt Earl J. King, BT gunner on the 303rd BG/ 427th BS Major Robert W. Sheets Crew, in position inside the ball turret of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Printed caption on reverse incorrectly identifies the gunner as S/Sgt. Norman A Sampson of Mason City, Iowa.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Staff Sergeant Norman A. Sampson, of the 303rd Bomb Group, in position inside the ball turret of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Printed caption on reverse: '80574 AC - S/Sgt. Norman A Sampson of Mason City, Iowa, ball turret gunner on a Boeing B-17 based at Molesworth, England, is shown at his position in his plane during a mission over enemy territory. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO. '



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...


  • Earl King

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner; Radio Operator
    Was a member of Sheets Crew for 22 missions and also flew 7 other missions with different pilots Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters/DFC/EAME Ribbon


  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Date Contributor Update
23 March 2015 14:19:43 glm303 Changes to caption and person associations

Gary Moncur
303rd BG Historian
Photo ID verified by Earl J. King's son and daughter.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:26:37 AAM AAM ingest

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