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B-17G Fortresses of the 96th Bomb Squadron are joined by a damaged P-38J Lightning fighter on the return from a mission, before 10 Jun 1944. Note feathered engine on the P-38 with oil stains covering the engine cowling

Caption   B-17G Fortresses of the 96th Bomb Squadron are joined by a damaged P-38J Lightning fighter on the return from a mission, before 10 Jun 1944. Note feathered engine on the P-38 with oil stains covering the engine cowling ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives via D. Sheley
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 14 Jan 2013

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Zoran Petek says:
1 Feb 2015 05:44:03 AM

These are B-17FGs of 49th BS (T shaped marking), not 96th BS (V shaped marking), both of 2nd BG (marked with Y in a circle) and P-38 is No. 6 of 27th FS, 1st FG (sharp eyed viewers-note red fuselage markings).
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
1 Feb 2015 07:12:45 PM

Zoran:

Thank you very much for your augmentation of the data behind these images. It is always better to have more detail than not enough and I welcome all contributions to the data pile.

In this case, however, you may have your 'T's and 'V's reversed. The 2nd BG website says the 96th BS was marked with 'T's and the 49th BS was marked with 'V's, making this aircraft part of the 96th BS. The Wiki page for the 96th BS has an image showing the 'T' marking quite clearly.
3. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
1 Feb 2015 09:08:22 PM

This photo has been dated as it has, before 10 Jun 1944, based on the P-38J seen in the image. This particular aircraft (s/n #43-28529) was lost near Ploesti on 10 Jun 1944 when the pilot apparently misjudged his strafing run on a train and crashed into the train. The pilot, Capt A.J. Bischoff, Jr., was killed (MACR 6036).
4. Anonymous says:
7 Jul 2017 07:23:07 AM

You are correct on the Capt. info I have most of P-38 pilots items, A-2 , Uniforms , medals,etc.

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