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Nose Art painted by noted cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather.



  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron
  • 422nd Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Bairnsfather

    Military | Captain | War Correspondent / Cartoonist
    Prominent British humorist and cartoonist. Served with Royal Warwickshire Regt being hospitalised with shellshock and hearing damage sustained during the 2nd Battle of Ypres. ...

  • William Whitson

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned to 422BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Wounded along with Co-pilot when 20mm round from enemy fighter exploded in nose of B-17 42-29673 'Old Bill', 15-May-43. Bombardier flew back to base where Capt Whitson landed the damaged A/C. Later with 3 engines...


  • 42-29673 'Old Bill'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 31/1/43; Gt Falls 8/2/43; Morrison 5/3/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-S] Chelveston 6/4/43; then 422BS [JJ-S]; severe battle damaged Wangerooge 15/5/43 with Capt Bill Whitson, Co-pilot: Harry Holt, Bombardier: Bob Barrall (wia), Flight...


Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 15:55:08 millebr Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations