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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The battle damaged cockpit of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Old Bill" of the 305th Bomb Group, May 1943. Written on slide casing: '20 mm damage, 5/43 Old Bill.'



  • 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...


  • 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
09 May 2018 14:18:27 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations

Connected up to aircraft record.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:23 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection