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A bomber crew of the 305th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Rigor Mortis". Image stamped on reverse: "Associated Press."[stamp], 'Passed for publication 12 Jun 1943.' [stamp] and '269268.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '"RIGOR MORTIS" CARRIES LIVE BOMBS AFTER RAID. Associated Press Photo shows: The full crew of the "Rigor Mortis" at their base after their return from Wilhelmhaven Friday, June 11. Front row, left to right: Sgt. William Mooney, Chicago; Sgt. Bernard M Knight, Pittsburgh, PA; Sgt. Frank Brinski, Pittsburgh, PS; Sgt. Peter Hnatuick, Hazelton, PA; Sgt. Anley Farmworth, Bakersfield, Calif; (second row): Capt Smith; 1/Lt. FL McIntyre, Reno, Nevada; 2/Lt. Howard Gardener; 2/Lt. Roger Moran, Hornell, NY and Sgt. JK Kunz.'

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A bomber crew of the 384th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Rigor Mortis". Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 12 Jun 1943.' [stamp] and '269268.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '"RIGOR MORTIS" CARRIES LIVE BOMBS AFTER RAID. Associated Press Photo shows: The full crew of the "Rigor Mortis" at their base after their return from Wilhelmhaven Friday, June 11. Front row, left to right: Sgt. William Mooney, Chicago; Sgt. Bernard M Knight, Pittsburgh, PA; Sgt. Frank Brinski, Pittsburgh, PS; Sgt. Peter Hnatuick, Hazelton, PA; Sgt. Anley Farmworth, Bakersfield, Calif; (second row): Capt Smith; 1/Lt. FL McIntyre, Reno, Nevada; 2/Lt. Howard Gardener; 2/Lt. Roger Moran, Hornell, NY and Sgt. JK Kunz.'

Connections

Units

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    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...

People

  • Frank Brinski

    Military

  • Peter Hnatuick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • William Mooney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down 4 July 1943 in B-17 #425053. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Aircraft

  • 41-24591 'Rigor Mortis'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-B] Presque Is 20/10/42; Grafton Underwood 29/10/42; Missing in Action Stuttgart 6/9/43 with Ray Halliday, Co-pilot: Russ Brooke, Navigator: Bob Curtis, Bombardier: Clarry Veach, Radio Operator: Joe McKegney, Waist gunner: Alf...

Locations

  • Bottesford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an RAF bomber station during 1940-41 and improved in 1943, Bottesford eventually had three concrete runways, 26 pan and 21 loop hardstandings, and nine T2 plus one B1 hangars. The station was occupied by the RAF from November 1941 to November...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2016 16:03:09 Ben1705 Changes to caption
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Correction/edit to caption text

Date Contributor Update
08 July 2016 11:46:03 Ben1705 Changes to place associations
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From the caption

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2015 02:20:50 bombercommand Changes to caption and unit associations
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384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2014 23:40:36 bombercommand Changes to unit associations
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384thbombgroup.com

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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