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

Airmen of the 306th Bomb Group discuss their last mission in front of their B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed as censored 29 Jan 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '303 or 306?' Printed caption on reverse: 'First American Raid On Germany. Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S. Army Air Corps carried out their first raid on Germany Wednesday last. O.P.S., left to right:- Sgt. William Fleming (Burdine, KY); 1st Lt. Jon R. Schueler (Milwakee, Wis.); T/Sgt. Edward J. Doughty (Philadepha, Penn.); T/Sgt. Waldo B. Brandt, (Denver, Ind.).' On reverse: Ministry of Information, Barratt's Photo Press, US Army Press Agency ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 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,...


  • Waldo Brandt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Edward Doughty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner

  • William Fleming

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Jon Schueler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 427BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Hospitalised late 1943. Medically discharged 1944. ...


  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:46:19 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection