Refrigerator magnet pictures the Sad Sack B-17 bomber being escorted home after being damaged during its 50th mission. The mission took place February 20-25, 1944 during the Big Week campaign. As part of the 324th bomber squadron, in the Fifteen airforce, Sad Sack participated in 500 sorties flown over Italy during the campaign, with another 3,000 flown over Germany by the Eighth airforce. 10,000 bombs were dropped over Germany and Italy during Big Week but the most crippling consequence for Germany was the loss of 17% of its pilots.
Sad Sack was one of twenty B-17s damaged sufficiently to be retired after Big Week; another 97 were destroyed altogether. Sad Sack, with 50 missions and fourteen German fighter's noted on its nose, went into public relations service for recruiting and selling War Bonds.