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The wing of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5888) nicknamed "Elusive Elcy" of the 94th Bomb Group flies off as a result of a direct hit, during a mission over Emden.

Handwritten caption on reverse: '94 BG. 27/9/43.'

Printed caption on reverse: 'A DRAMATIC INCIDENT DURING THE AIR WAR OVER EUROPE: A WING BREAKS OFF A FLYING FORTRESS DURING A DAYLIGHT BATTLE, AND THE STRICKEN BOMBER BEGINS TO TURN OVER AS IT STARTS ON THE WAY DOWN TO EARTH. This picture illustrates one of the hazards which the big American bombers have to face daily in their attacks on Germany and German-occupied Europe. A formation of Fortresses were flying over heavy cloud towards their objectives when they were attacked with disastrous results for one of their number. Whether as the consequence of an onslaught by fighters or by flak, the Fortress at the top of the picture was hit: half a wing broke off – it can be seen clearly in the air – and flame appears to be coming from the remaining half. The bomber has already begun to turn over, just as the plane begins to dive down to earth. If conditions are favourable the crew may be able to take to their parachutes before the inevitable crash. Meanwhile the remainder of the formation ploughs on steadily towards the target. Despite the danger of heavy losses, the daylight bombing by the American Air Forces is steady reducing Germany’s capacity to wage war, because of the precision methods which can only be applied when the target below is clearly visible to the bombers above.'
On reverse: US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. 289587. [Censor no.]

IWM catalogue record

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The wing of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5888) nicknamed "Elusive Elcy" of the 94th Bomb Group flies off as a result of a direct hit, during a mission over Emden. Handwritten caption on reverse: '94 BG. 27/9/43.' Printed caption on reverse: 'A DRAMATIC INCIDENT DURING THE AIR WAR OVER EUROPE: A WING BREAKS OFF A FLYING FORTRESS DURING A DAYLIGHT BATTLE, AND THE STRICKEN BOMBER BEGINS TO TURN OVER AS IT STARTS ON THE WAY DOWN TO EARTH. This picture illustrates one of the hazards which the big American bombers have to face daily in their attacks on Germany and German-occupied Europe. A formation of Fortresses were flying over heavy cloud towards their objectives when they were attacked with disastrous results for one of their number. Whether as the consequence of an onslaught by fighters or by flak, the Fortress at the top of the picture was hit: half a wing broke off – it can be seen clearly in the air – and flame appears to be coming from the remaining half. The bomber has already begun to turn over, just as the plane begins to dive down to earth. If conditions are favourable the crew may be able to take to their parachutes before the inevitable crash. Meanwhile the remainder of the formation ploughs on steadily towards the target. Despite the danger of heavy losses, the daylight bombing by the American Air Forces is steady reducing Germany’s capacity to wage war, because of the precision methods which can only be applied when the target below is clearly visible to the bombers above.' On reverse: US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. 289587. [Censor no.]

Connections

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

Aircraft

  • 42-5888 Elusive Elcy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 22/4/43; Smoky Hill 28/4/43; Lincoln 22/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-X] Earls Colne 27/5/43; Rougham 13/6/43; Missing in Action Emden 7/9/43 with Harley Roberts, Co-pilot: Ed Nelson, Navigator: Sam Posner,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 15:53:22 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Added paragraphs for legibility.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:41:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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