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First Lieutenant John P. Manning, a pilot of the 303rd Bomb Group, watches Sergeant Stanley Jacobs paint mission markings onto his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24605) nicknamed "Knock-Out Dropper". Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Planet News.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 17 Nov 1943.' [stamp] and '293243.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S. BOMBERS RAID NORWAY IN 77 DEGREES OF FROST AND "KNOCK-OUT DROPPER" WINS THE MARATHON: Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S.A.A.F. flew 500 miles to bomb the molybdenum mines 40 miles east of Stavanger and other targets in Norway. Little flak and no fighters were encountered, but there was a temperature of 77 degrees of frost - 45 below zero - at the height the bombers flew. One of the Fortresses "Knock-out Dropper", became the first U.S. bomber operating from Britain to carry out 50 missions over German occupied territory. Photo shows:- Sgt. Stanley Jacobs, of Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, painting the 50th, bomb on the Flying Fortress "Knock-out Dropper" after its return from the U.S. Army Air Force raid on targets in Norway, when "Knock-out Dropper" became the first U.S. Bomber operating from Britain to carry out 50 missions over German occupied territory. In the cockpit is 1st. Lt. John P. Manning, the pilot of Winneapolis, Minn. And. November 17th 1943 PN.'



  • 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...



  • 41-24605 Knock-out Dropper

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 359BS/303BG [BN-R] Bangor 22-Sep-42; Molesworth 22-Oct-42; First 8th Air Force aircraft to complete 50, then 75 missions- 27-Mar-44; with M/Sgt Buford Pafford as crew chief; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 5-Jun-44; Reconstruction Finance...


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