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

Sergeant Fredrick Wilson, a tail gunner of the 97th Bomb Group, in position inside a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: Passed for publication 25 Jul 1942' [crossed out stamp], 'Not to be published 25 Jul 1942.' [stamp], 'Reveiwed and passed for publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp],'AIR(BOEING)' [written annotation], 'Associated Press.' [stamp] and '212087.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN FLYING FORTRESSES WAIT FOR ZERO HOUR Associated Press photo shows: Hardly visible as he takes a sight through his tiny obeservation window is the tail gunner Sgt. Frederick Wilson from Geneva, N.Y. AKP/ROB 24884 24742.'



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    97th Bomb Group

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  • Frederick Wilson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner
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