IWM catalogue record
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A B-17F Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24579) nicknamed "Thumper" of the 303rd Bomb Group that has crash landed. Official caption on image: "...AD-S-14-303)(23-1-43)(A/C No. 41-24579. Type B17F. Battle Damage) (...G20-ETO-303BG) (1-23-43) B-17F 41-124579 Battle Damage." Handwritten caption on reverse: '23/1/43. 387.' Printed caption on reverse: '61858 A - Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Thumper" (Aircraft No. 41-24579) crash landed at a base in England, 303rd Bomb Group. 23 January 1943. U.S. Air Force Photo.'
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] 17-Feb-42 Gowen Field, Idaho; Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42; Aircraft damaged by AA fire and enemy fighters on mission to Lorient, France on 23-Jan-43. 11 man crew. Belly-landed at...