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"THE KNOCKOUT DROPS" JACKET

Posted 7/23/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Aviator Jacket
DAYTON, Ohio -- "The Knockout Drops" aviator jacket on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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"The Knockout Drops" was selected by the crew as the nickname for their B-17G and the radio operator painted appropriate artwork on the aircraft and the crew's jackets. The donor flew as flight engineer and gunner on 26 bombing raids between September 1944 and May 1945, plus food drop missions to the Netherlands and one to Austria to transport French slave laborers home. The spider insigne on the jacket front (not shown) is that of the 4th Bomb Squadron, 34th Bomb Group, based at Mendelsham, England.

This jacket was donated by Mr. Harry F. Hoffman, Pine Grove, Penn.

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