A bomber crew of the 306th Bomb Group stand beneath the wing of their B-17 Flying Fortress.
Printed caption on reverse: 'THE DEFENSIVE POWER OF FLYING FORTRESSES. The extremely heavy defense of the Flying Fortresses has enabled them to fight their way through to targets like Huls and Kiel in the face of the most intensive fighter opposition aerial warfare has ever seen. The result of these and other encounters has been the destruction of more than 1100 enemy aircraft. Formations of Flying Fortresses have an average of 12 1/2 .50 calibre machine guns per plane (which can be manned simultaneously by the usual crew of ten.) 27048. A crew of a Flying Fortress, Pilot F/L Frank N. Kacksetter of Denver, Colorado. Co-Pilot 2nd Lt Lester R. Kramer of Scranton Pennsilvania , Navigator Lt. Luther S. Pierce of Fairhaven Massachusetts. Bomb. 2nd Lt Stanley R Stedt of Stockholm, Main. Tec. Sergt. William W. Fahrenhold of McKees Rocks, Penn., Tec. Sergt Raymond T. Stymacks of Bronx, N.York. Ball Turret Gunner. Tec. Sergt. Robert L Myllykoski of Painsville, Ohio. Left waist gunner Staff Sergt John H. Jessup Union City, Indianna. Right Waist Gunner Staff Sergt. Louis A. Skinner, Independence, Kansas. Tail Gunner Staff Sergt. Milton B. Edwards, Laurel, Maryland S.& G. G.C'
Image stamped on reverse: 'Sport and General.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 9 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '273722.'[photo bureau no.]
Reported to group on 24 Feb 1943. Completed 25 x missions. He was on Raymond Check crew and William P. Cassedy crew.
Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.
Post war Milton was a building contractor in Florida. He died 28 July 1992 following a long period of ill health.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
William Cassedy first flew as Copilot on Capt. Raymond Check's crew. On the 26 June 1943 mission to Tricqueville airfield, Cassedy, the plane's regular Co-Pilot, had filled the post of one of the waist gunners on B-17 #42-3172, piloted by Lt. Col....
Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
Lionel Drew was Bombardier on the 26 June 1943 mission to the Tricqueville airfield, France, on board B-17 #42-3172. The Fortress was attacked by fighters and the Pilot, Captain Raymond Check (on his 25th and what had to be the last, mission of his...
Units served with
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,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/43; Dow Fd 13/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-R] Thurleigh "MISS PATRICIA"-5 May 1943. Battle-damaged Tricqueville 26 June 1943 with Lt. Col. James W. Wilson. Co-Pilot Captain Raymond J. Check killed by shrapnel from enemy...
Military site : airfield
Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...
||3 November 1912
||5 June 1941
||24 February 1943 – 1943
Assigned to 423BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.
||28 July 1992
Burtonsville, Montgomery County, MD
Burtonsville, Montgomery County, Maryland