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

A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group with their new B-17 Flying Fortress, after losing their previous aircraft. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Censor date 23/12/42, "Eight Ball II" crew- new plane Lt Joe Strickland & crew. All had to bale out 20/12/42



  • 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...


  • Joseph Strickland

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    On 20-Dec-42 he baled out of B-17F 41-24581 'The 8 Ball' over England while serving as Navigator upon return of the aircraft from a mission to Romilly-sur-Seine, France. The Pilot and Co-Pilot crash-landed at Bovingdon. Uninjured - RTD. ...


  • 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
21 February 2017 10:42:30 Lucy May Changes to person associations and place associations

Made connections from info in caption.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:47 AAM AAM ingest

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