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Jim Jones, a tail gunner of the 388th Bomb Group in position inside his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30595, nicknamed "Gremlin Gus II". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Jim Jones, T/G of Gremlin Gus. Haven't heard of at Veterans Association, Maryland.'



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...


  • James Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    16 Sept 1943 mission to La Pallice, FR. in B-17 #42-5904 'Gremlin Gus'. On return, crashed in Devonshire after scraping a hill top. Jones fell out of the escape hatch suffering slight injuries. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-30595 'Gremlin Gus II' "Olin's 69'ers"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/7/43; Kearney 16/7/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 20/7/43; (34m) transferred Aphrodite project as OLIN'S 69'ERS; when War Weary, fuselage cut down and vehicle windshield fitted before open...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:36 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection