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A bomber crew of the 306th Bomb Group stand beneath the wing of their B-17 Flying Fortress.

Printed caption on reverse: 'THE DEFENSIVE POWER OF FLYING FORTRESSES. The extremely heavy defense of the Flying Fortresses has enabled them to fight their way through to targets like Huls and Kiel in the face of the most intensive fighter opposition aerial warfare has ever seen. The result of these and other encounters has been the destruction of more than 1100 enemy aircraft. Formations of Flying Fortresses have an average of 12 1/2 .50 calibre machine guns per plane (which can be manned simultaneously by the usual crew of ten.) 27048. A crew of a Flying Fortress, Pilot F/L Frank N. Kacksetter of Denver, Colorado. Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Lester R. Kramer of Scranton Pennsilvania , Navigator Lt. Luther S. Pierce of Fairhaven Massachusetts. Bomb. 2nd Lt Stanley R Stedt of Stockholm, Main. Tec. Sergt. William W. Fahrenhold of McKees Rocks, Penn., Tec. Sergt Raymond T. Stymacks of Bronx, N.York. Ball Turret Gunner. Tec. Sergt. Robert L Myllykoski of Painsville, Ohio. Left waist gunner Staff Sergt John H. Jessup Union City, Indianna. Right Waist Gunner Staff Sergt. Louis A. Skinner, Independence, Kansas. Tail Gunner Staff Sergt. Milton B. Edwards, Laurel, Maryland S.& G. G.C'

Image stamped on reverse: 'Sport and General.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 9 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '273722.'[photo bureau no.]

IWM catalogue record

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

A bomber crew of the 306th Bomb Group stand beneath the wing of their B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Sport and General.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 9 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '273722.'[phott bureau no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'THE DEFENSIVE POWER OF FLYING FORTRESSES. The extremely heavy defense of the Flying Fortresses has enabled them to fight their way through to targets like Huls and Kiel in the face of the most intensive fighter opposition aerial warfare has ever seen. The result of these and other encounters has been the destruction of more than 1100 enemy aircraft. Formations of Flying Fortresses have an average of 12 1/2 .50 calibre machine guns per plane (which can be manned simultaneously by the usual crew of ten.) 27048. A crew of a Flying Fortress, Pilot F/L Frank N. Kacksetter of Denver, Colorado. Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Lester R. Kramer of Scranton Pennsilvania , Navigator Lt. Luther S. Pierceof Fairhaven Massachuttes. Bomb. 2nd Lt Stanley R Stedt of Stockholm,Main. Tec. Sergt. William W. Fahrenhold of McKees Rocks, Penn., Tec. Sergt Raymond T. Stymacks of Bronx, N.York. Ball Turret Gunner. Tec. Sergt. Robert L Myllykoski of Painsville, Ohio. Left waist gunner Staff Sergt John H. Jessup Union City, Indianna. Right Waist Gunner Staff Sergt. Louis A. Skinner, Independence, Kansas. Tail Gunner Staff Sergt. Milton B. Edwards, Laurel, Maryland S.& G. G.C'

Connections

Units

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

People

  • Milton Edwards

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Reported to group on 24 Feb 1943. Completed 25 x missions. He was on Raymond Check crew and William P. Cassedy crew. ...

  • William Fahrenhold

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    William Fahrenhold was Engineer/Top Turret gunner on B-17 #42-29649 on 1 May 1943. The assigned target were the U-boat yards at St. Nazaire, France and a navigational error on return took the 306th Bomb Group over heavily defended Brest. The Fortress...

  • Lester Kramer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 423BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hanover in B-17 42-29900 'Unbearable II' 26-Jul-43; Shot down, baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 126 ...

  • Robert Myllykoski

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4229900 'Unbearable II. ' Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 3B Furstenberg Brandenburg, Prussia (Also KDOS [USA] #1-5; ARB BTNS 225-255) 52-14. In 1990, his pilot Norman A. Armbrust and navigator Robert J. Ellwood wrote to...

  • Luther Pierce

    Military | Navigator
    Squadron Navigator

  • Louis Skinner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #4229900 'Unbearable II. ' Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15. He flew 15 missions from 11 April 1943 until being shot down. POW

  • Stanley Stedt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 423BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Stymacks

    Military

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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