Picture provided by Christopher B. Crane
Podington 6/8/42; Tafaraoui 24/11/42 (101 missions)
One 301st thirty five B-17'S that flew to Tafaraoui, North Africa from the UK 11-24-42
The B-17 was delivered by Boeing on June 13, 1942 and was flown to England by Lt Benjamin B. Edmands and his crew. She flew the 301st's first mission against Rouen on September 5, 1942 completed her 102nd and final mission on September 16, 1943.
Standing in front of the B-17 at Oudna, Tunisia are the officers of the 301st Bomb Group.
Left to right, standing, are: Captain Robert G. Swift, Group Bombardier, 1/Lt George D. Wood, Communications, Capt Thomas R Reber, Adjutant, Capt Steve Henry, CO, 353rd Bomb Squadron, Lt Col John K. Brown, Group CO, Major Walter A. Williams, CO, 352nd Bomb Squadron, Capt Charles J. Lingelbach, S-4, Capt Ralph E. Jordan, Surgeon, 1/Lt Alvin F. Clapp, Group Navigator, Lt Col Edward C. Stephenson, Executive Officer and Capt William J. Emerson, CO, 32nd Bomb Squadron.
Kneeling: Capt Arthur L. Nelson, Weather Officer , Maj Peter J. O'Carroll, CO 419th Bomb Squadron, Lt Col Edward F. Stoddard, S-3, Capt John J. Mulvehill, Group Armorer and Maj Edmund T. Brigham, S-2.
Hell's Kitchen was flown home by Lt Col Skip Stoddard not long after the photo was taken. The aircraft was salvaged at Altus in August 1945.