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A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group, with their B-17 Flying Fortress (GN-V, serial number 42-2966), after a raid on Germany.

From left to right they are:
Sergeant Ward W. Kirkpatrick (Kalispel, Montana);
Technical Sergeant Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, California);
First Lieutenant Milton K. Conver (Cincinnatti, Ohio);
Second Lieutenant John W Dillenger (Avoca, Iowa), Co-Pilot;
Captain B.B. Southworth (Columbus, Ohio), Pilot;
Sergeant Jack Belk (Temple, Texas);
Sergeant William Fleming (Burdine, Kentucky);
First Lieutenant Jon R. Schueler (Milwaukee, Wisconsin);
Technical Sergeant Edward J. Doughty (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania);
and Technical Sergeant Waldo B. Brandt (Denver, Indiana).

Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Barratt's Photo Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 8 Mar 1943.' [stamp] and USA (BRI) CCC.' [annotiation] Printed caption on reverse: 'BT.4323D The crew of one of the Flying Fortresses of the U.S.Army Air Corps which carried out their first raid on Germany. Sergt. Ward W. Kirkpatrick (Kalispel, Mont.) T/Sgt Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, Cal.) 1 Lt Milton K. Conver (Cincinnatti, Ohio) 2nd Lt. John W Dillenger (Avoca, Iowa) Co-Pilot Capt B.B. Southworth (Columbus, Ohio) Pilot Sgt. Jack Belk (Temple, Tex.) Sgt. William Fleming (Burdine, KY) 1st Lt. Jon R. Schueler (Milwaukee, Wis.) T/Sgt Edward J. Doughty (Philadelphia, Penn.), T/Sgt Waldo B. Brandt (Denver, Ind). Censor No.245872.'

IWM catalogue record

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A bomber crew of the 303rd Bomb Group, with their B-17 Flying Fortress (GN-V, serial number 42-2966), after a raid on Germany. From left to right they are: Sergeant Ward W. Kirkpatrick (Kalispel, Montana); Technical Sergeant Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, California); First Lieutenant Milton K. Conver (Cincinnatti, Ohio); Second Lieutenant John W Dillenger (Avoca, Iowa), Co-Pilot; Captain B.B. Southworth (Columbus, Ohio), Pilot; Sergeant Jack Belk (Temple, Texas); Sergeant William Fleming (Burdine, Kentucky); First Lieutenant Jon R. Schueler (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); Technical Sergeant Edward J. Doughty (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); and Technical Sergeant Waldo B. Brandt (Denver, Indiana). Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Barratt's Photo Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 8 Mar 1943.' [stamp] and USA (BRI) CCC.' [annotiation] Printed caption on reverse: 'BT.4323D The crew of one of the Flying Fortresses of the U.S.Army Air Corps which carried out their first raid on Germany. Sergt. Ward W. Kirkpatrick (Kalispel, Mont.) T/Sgt Lucian W. Means, (Luguna Beach, Cal.) 1 Lt Milton K. Conver (Cincinnatti, Ohio) 2nd Lt. John W Dillenger (Avoca, Iowa) Co-Pilot Capt B.B. Southworth (Columbus, Ohio) Pilot Sgt. Jack Belk (Temple, Tex.) Sgt. William Fleming (Burdine, KY) 1st Lt. Jon R. Schueler (Milwaukee, Wis.) T/Sgt Edward J. Doughty (Philadelphia, Penn.), T/Sgt Waldo B. Brandt (Denver, Ind). Censor No.245872.'

Connections

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    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...

People

  • Jack Belk

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    1-May-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner to 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, with the rank of Sergeant. 303BG personnel record does not indicate that he was assigned to any particular crew at that time and does not indicate when he arrived at...

  • Waldo Brandt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner

  • Milton Conver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • John Dillinger

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Trained to fly initially at 63rd Army Air Forces Contract Pilot School Douglas, GA. Member of class 42F (July 42). then went to Shaw Field, Sumter, SC for the next level of flying training. Graduated with the class of 42F at the pilot school in Dothan,...

  • Edward Doughty

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner

  • William Fleming

    Military | Sergeant | A/Rad

  • Ward Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229481. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Lucian Means

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer
    1-May-42 Assigned as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24587 [GN-P] "Bad Check", 303BG/427BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 25-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Bad Check". Mission Participations (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) See Biography events.

  • Jon Schueler

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

  • Billy Southworth

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot

Aircraft

  • 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.

Locations

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2016 15:34:21 Lucy May Changes to person associations and place associations
Sources

Corrected associated airmen

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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