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Lieutenant Stanley Stedt, a bombardier of the 306th Bomb Group rides a bomb. Image via BL Davies Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Planet News.' [stamp] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN 8TH AIR FORCE IN BRITAIN DEMONSTRATES HUGE FIRING POWER OF FORTRESSES AND THUNDERBOLTS - REMARKABLE NEW GUNSIGHT HELPS GUNNERS. American 8th Air Force in Britain demonstrates the huge firing power of its Flying Fortresses and Thunderbolt fighters at an air station "somewhere" in England". The Flying Fortress, with its 12 cannon gun, carries about 6250 shells weighing 1875 lbs. (or nearly 17cwts) besides its bomb load of 2000 lb. "cookies" or Blockbusters. The fire power of each gun is up to .650 rounds per minute, in conjunction with the new Sperry Computing gun-sight, which works out the height, range. PHOTO SHOWS: Bombardier Lieut. Stanley Stedt, of Stockholm, Maine, astride one of a bomb by the Fortresses. G. July 1943.PN.'

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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

  • Stanley Stedt

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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:27:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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