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A bomber crew of the 306th Bomb Group stand underneath the flak damaged wing of a B-17 Flying Fortress. A B-17 (serial number 42-39945) nicknamed "Holy Hellcat" is visible in the background. Image stamped on reverse: 'Graphic Photo Union.' [stamp] and 'Daily Sketch Copyright.' [stamp]



  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    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,...


  • 42-39945 Holy Hellcat

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 13/10/43; Gr Island 8/11/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-S] Thurleigh 12/12/43; Missing in Action Aschersleben 22/2/44 with J.P. Tooms Jr, co-Howard Taunton, Navigator: Alby Pulver, Bombardier: Buford Branom, Flight engineer/top...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:43 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection