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A 774th Bomb Squadron, 463rd Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31684) nicknamed "Joker" drops its bombs. The aircraft was declared Missing In Action on the 7th of July 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '774BS, 463BG, 231684. MIA 7/7/44.'

B-17G-25-BO #42-31684 "Joker"
463rd BG - 774th BS - 15th AF

IWM catalogue record

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A 774th Bomb Squadron, 463rd Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31684) nicknamed "Joker" drops its bombs. The aircraft was declared Missing In Action on the 7th of July 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '774BS, 463BG, 231684. MIA 7/7/44.'

Connections

Units

  • 463rd Bomb Group

    463rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 463rd BG entered combat on March 30, 1944. The target was the airdrome at Imoski, Yugoslavia. Thirty-nine planes dropped 117 tons of bombs from 20,000 feet. Although slight flak was encountered, all planes returned safely. The group flew a...

  • 772nd Bomb Squadron

    772nd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to Second Air Force for training. Attached in late 1943 and early 1944 to Air University Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater...

  • 774th Bomb Squadron

    774th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established in mid-1943 as a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment squadron; assigned to Second Air Force for training. Attached in late 1943 and early 1944 to Air University Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater...

Aircraft

  • 42-31684 Joker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 6/12/43; Kearney 24/12/43; Memphis 2/1/44; Drew Fd 4/1/44; Morrison 8/1/44; Assigned 774BS/463BG Celone 9/3/44; Missing in Action Blechhammer 7/7/44 with Don Doran, Co-pilot: Maurice Davis, Navigator: Pat Gaughan, Bombardier: Jim...

Locations

  • Celone

    Military site : airfield

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 November 2016 01:51:14 466thHistorian Changes to caption and place associations
Sources

"Air Stories - 12th & 15th Air Forces" - Gerard Paloque
Page 115

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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