On May 8th, 1944 , 2nd Lt. Winthrop A. Jackson Jr flew this B-17G-15-VE, Ser. No. 42-97510, (BK+A) on a "NOBALL" mission to Sottevast, France. WAJ Jr was the pilot of Crew 40 on this mission. Over target, he was severely wounded in the leg and number 4 engine had to be shut down due to flak damage. Nevertheless, WAJ Jr managed to return to England, landing at RAF Ford, Winchester, England on the South coast. This was his 23rd (and last) combat mission.
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