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'Dramatic photograph of a stricken B-17 bomber with a crew member bailing out. The pilot, 2nd Lt. Raymond J. Scranton, and one of the waist gunners, S/Sgt. Horace E. Stewart,Jr., were KIA. The remainder of the crew became POWs'.
B-17F 42-29856 'Patches' 815th BS, 483rd BG, 8AF USAAF.



  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 483rd Bomb Group

    483rd Bomb Group

    'As part of the 15th Air Force in WWII, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) played a significant role in the eventual defeat of Germany's forces. Its four combat squadrons, the 815th, 816th, 817th and 840th flew a total of 5,623 sorties from 12 April 1944...

  • 815th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29856 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 22/3/43; Tinker 9/4/43; Nashville 13/4/43; Morrison 18/4/43; Assigned 346BS/99BG Navarin 5/5/43; Oudna 4/8/43; Tortorella 11/12/43; transferred 815BS/483BG Tortorella 31/3/44; Missing in Action Weiner Neustadt 10/5...


Date Contributor Update
27 December 2015 17:59:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations