Pickle Dropper – B17 Bomber

I was commissioned to retouch this WWII image of the Air Corps Bomber Group of the Boeing B-17 Bomber “Pickle Dropper”. The image was originally taken on February 14, 1944 in England. My client had an original 4×5 print that I scanned in at a high resolution. The image will be enlarged, printed as a 11×14 and gifted to his father-in-law (who is in the image) along with a handmade replica of the plane.

I learned through some research that a few months later, the plane crashed in the English Channel and the crew (not the same as those pictured) were never found and are on the Wall of the Missing in the Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium.

I thank all past, present & future soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they endured to keep all of our families safe.

If you are interested in retouching services, please feel free to contact me.

4 Comments

    • October 3, 2013
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    Great picture! My grandfather is the one pictured on the bottom row all the way to the right, his name is Arne Aamodt. I searched pickle dropper to see if I could find anything and came across this, thanks for sharing this picture :)

    • October 3, 2013
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    You are very welcome Laura!

    • December 26, 2013
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    My son and I were talking about my dad and his service in the Air Force. I told him the name of Dad’s plane and he “goggled” it on his phone. All of a sudden there was my dad and his crew! I have a copy of this photo and all the names of the crew. Would love to be in contact with anyone from the crew. My Dad is the last one on the right in the front row – Arne Aamodt. Laura, from a previous comment is my neice. Dad is gone now. He died in March 2008. He often spoke of his crew and kept in touch with some for many years. Thank you so much for posting this photo. Dad was very proud of his crew and his service and I was very proud of him.

      • January 5, 2014
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      Hello Debby – I believe Laura was in contact with my client & his Father-in-law to chat about your father & the crew. You are very welcome. It’s my pleasure to help preserve their service to our country.

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