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SSgt James F Jones, B-17 Fortress tail gunner with the 560th Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group shows the tight fit of the position, RAF Knettishall, Suffolk, England, UK, Sep 1943

Caption   SSgt James F Jones, B-17 Fortress tail gunner with the 560th Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group shows the tight fit of the position, RAF Knettishall, Suffolk, England, UK, Sep 1943 ww2dbase
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Photos at Same Place Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 13 Jan 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
13 Jan 2013 11:49:52 PM

This photo was taken shortly after Sgt Jones was knocked out of the tail gunner’s position without a parachute and survived with only minor injuries. On returning from Bordeaux, France on 16-Sep-1943, the Group found England covered by bad weather. Searching for an airfield the plane scrapped a hill, the tail gunner's escape hatch popped open, & Sgt Jones fell out of the aircraft. He rolled to a stop with only minor injuries. The plane then crashed into another hill, killing 1 and injuring several others.
2. utahshooter says:
15 Feb 2015 01:19:37 PM

Was there any configuration with more then 2 .50 cal guns in tail, or 1 20mm gun ?

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