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Staff Sergeant Ward D Kirkpatrick, a gunner of the 303rd Bomb Group, collects shell cases from ammunition he has fired at the enemy. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and '257537.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '"He's salvage conscious." Staff Sergeant Ward W. Kirkpatrick, a gunner with the U.S. Army collects the shell cases after firing the shells at German fighters. Aged 19, he comes from 194-5th Avenue West North, Kalispell, Montana, where his parents, Mr. & Mrs. W.C. Kirkpatrick now reside. Sergt. Kirkpatrick who holds the Air medal and Oak leaf Cluster, and has 12 missions to his credit, was educated at Flathead County High School. In civil life he worked for Kirpatrick Brothers, General Construction Contractors. He says "I'm having a swell time. The British treat us fine. Love to all. " U.57. Not to be published before 20th April 1943.''



  • 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...


  • Ward Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 15-May-43 in B-17 42-29481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.


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