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An airman [tail gunner S/Sgt Charles Haywood] of the 96th Bomb Group stands with a giant flak hole on the tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-39988).

IWM catalogue record

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An airman of the 96th Bomb Group stands with a giant flak hole on the tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 4?-??988).



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 96th Bomb Group

    96th Bomb Group

    The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...

  • 339th Bomb Squadron


  • Charles Haywood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 339BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. Damaged by fighters on the return from a mission to Regensburg, GR on 25 Feb 1944, B-17 42-31142 made a wheels up landing NE of Rethel, FR. Prisoner of War (POW). Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-39988

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 27/10/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Snetterton 4/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with George Pond, Co-pilot: John Day, Navigator: Glenn Johnson, Bombardier: George Peters, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Morris Ring,...


  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...


Date Contributor Update
12 September 2017 15:02:39 Lucy May Changes to place associations

96th Bomb Group were based at Snetterton Heath.

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2017 10:58:52 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations

Roger Freeman photo

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:17:28 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection