England - Cpl. Lloyd Shumway directs crane with a 500 lb. bomb into place on the wing of a North American P-51 at a base in England.

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England - Six of a kind, and a lucky combination: These six Martin B-26 Marauder pilots of the 9th AF - all members of the same bombardment group - shared an adventure on a bombing mission to Hitler-held Europe. Near the target, flak knocked out one engine on each of the Marauders, but their pilots brought them back to base safely. The MArauder skippers are: (l-r) Flight Officer Gus E. Fuson, 1st Lt. Horace C. Rodgers, 1st Lt. Richard W. Leonard, 1st Lt. Graydon K. Eubank, Capt. Louis R. Wade and Flight Officer John E. McDonough.
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6 B-26 pilots
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Germany, July 21, 1944 - A B-24 Liberator of the US Eighth Air Force passes over the target during the attack on the Messerschmitt component plant at Nuremburg, near Munich on July 21. A nearby rail marchalling yard also received concentrations of bombs.
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8th AF- Messerschmitt Plant
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Germany, March 19, 1945 - Liberators bomb railyards at Rheine - Bombs drop from open bomb bays of three B-24 Liberators of the US 8th AF as they unload over the marshalling yards at Rheine, Germany. Three marshalling yards were the target on this sortie.
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8th AF-Rheine
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England, WWII - Lt. Col. Louis G. Thorup and 1st Lt.s John A. Webb review a course flown deep into Germany.
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8th AF Officers
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England, no date - Capt. Louis Detoni adjusts his oxygen mask in preparation for coming mission against emey installations.
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Adjusting mask
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Bassingbourne, England,WWII - A K-24 camera with an unusual lens shield and a set of APS-20 radar equipment installed in a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" of the 91st Bomb Group. The camera is used to photograph the radar scope at the time of the bomb strike.
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Aerial Camera - WWII
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Europe, 1944 - An aerial photographer checks his K-20 camera while en route to the target in a Martin B-26 of the 386th Bomb Group.
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Aerial Photographer
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England, 28 Sept, 1944 - Lt. Zemper, photo officer of the 8th AF's 457th Bombardment Group based in England.
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Aerial Photography 1
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Oxford, England, November 9, 1943 - T/Sgt. Robert Dout removes the camera from a Lockheed P-38 after it returned to its base at Oxford, England from a photo reconnaissance mission deep into enemy territory.
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Aerial Photography 2
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England - Pfc. Lemuel Putty inserts a fuse into a 100 lb. bomb alrady in the bomb bay of a Consolidated B-24
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Arming bomb
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England - Cpl. Lloyd Shumway directs crane with a 500 lb. bomb into place on the wing of a North American P-51 at a base in England.
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Arming Plane
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England, March, 9, 1943 - Demonstrating the use of an asbestos suit which permits a soldier to get right up to a fire is PFC Joseph M. Theis. The suit is used to rescue pilots from crashed, burning planes and will protect a body for about 4 minutes. The nozzle he is holding sprays out a foam which smothers gasoline fires.
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Asbestos Suit
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England - Gathered around the map of their target, in front of their B-17 Fort "Button Nose" are (l-r): T/Sgt. Alfred Haugen, top turret gunner; Lt. C.J. Robertson, navigator; S/Sgt. T.G. Bowser, tail end Charlie; Lt. Charles Nevius, bombadier; T/Sgt. Melvin Samuels, radio operator; and S/Sgt. William Karcher, ball turret gunner. Rear (l-r): S/Sgt. Henry Harris, left waist gunner; Lt. W.A. Schobert, pilot; Lt. T.E. Barnicle, command pilot; and S/Sgt. E.G. Graybill, waist gunner.
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B-17 Button Nose
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England - Capt. Michael Ragan, Catholic Chaplain, holds services for a Boeing B-17 crew prior to takeoff
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B-17 Fifnella
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England - 1st Lt. George H. Heilig in the cockpit of the Boeing B-17 "General Ike: at a base in England.
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B-17 General Ike
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England - S/Sgt. VErne F. Woodward, Greenwich, NY, waist gunner on a B-17 of the pioneer heavy bombardment group of the 8th AF, turns the crank on an emergency radio transmitter.
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B-17 Gunners Dingy Drill
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England, July 1944 - Crew members of a B-17G in jeep. Missing Crew Report #7001. Oscar Cyrus Walrod - 5th from Left. 95th Bomb Group, 412th Bomb Squadron. Plane shot down 8/2/44, all but 3 killed. Mr. Walrod killed. Tail #42-102700
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B-17 I'll Get By
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England - a Jeep load of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress pilots being rushed to the heavy bombers in time to take off for a tactical bombing mission in support of the invasion forces.
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B-17 pilots in Jeep
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England - Sgt. Mathis Finely cleans acide from the nose of the B-17 "Schnozzle."
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B-17 Schnozzle
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England, no date - The tired crew of a Consolidated B-24 of the 8th AF just returned from a mission over Germany.
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B-24 crew after mission
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England, no date -- Crew of a Consolidated B-24 of the 8th AF -- See separately scanned lengthy caption
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Crew shot with names
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B-24 Crew Shot with Names Caption
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B-24 Crew Shot with Names Caption
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Stateside Training Base, World War II  -  Bombers on the line being checked before flight
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B-24s being checked
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Edwards AFB, 1954 - North American B-25, 3/4 front view in flight
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B-25
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3/4 front view of Martin B-26 Marauder
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B-26
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England - Sgt. Jerry Coggleshall lends a hand to Sgt. Ernest Clark as the latter tumbles from the belly turret of Brigadier General Eaker's plane.
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Ball Turret 2
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England - S/Sgt Norman A. Sampson of Mason City, Iowa, ball turret gunner on a Boeing B-17 based at Moselworth, England, is shown at his position in his plane during a mimssion over enemy territory.
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Ball turret Gunner
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England, September 1944 - These Boeing B-17 Fortresses of the 8th AF are assembled at the base depot in England where they have been modified for combat on arrival from the States. They will be called into action over Europe in the strategic bombing campaign.
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Base Depot
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Bassingbourn
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Bassingbourn
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England - American pilots emerge from the briefing room at a British airfield and mount their bicycles to proceed to their craft. Britain has turned over thousands of bicycles to the American forces.
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Bicycles
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France, 1944 - Close-up of rear view of a P-61 Black Widow of the 9th AF
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Black Widow rear
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France, 1944 - 9th AF armament men load 20 mm shells in a box for the Northrup P-61 Black Widow night fighter "Dangerous Dan." Left to right: PFC Cornelius Murphy and Sgt. Robert Hendricks. Pilot is Lt. Carl Byers.
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Black Widow rearming
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France, 1944 - Northrup P-61 Black Widow of the 9th AAF
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Black Widow Side
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England, no date - Col. Donald J. Blakeslee, ace in the ETO, in the cockpit of his P-51 of the 8th AF.
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Blakeslee
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Bombardier
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Bombardier
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Bombardier with Bombsight Covered with Bag
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Bombardier with Bombsight Covered with Bag
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England - W/O Roy D. Cannon of La Crosse, WI directs storage of bombs in dump.
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Bomb Storage
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England, May 2, 1945 - Airborne transmitters (like the one shown) tuned to a slightly different frequency in each aircraft radiate a torrent of "noise" which obscures the position of the formation in the enemy radar, causing inaccurate gunfire. 381st Bomb Group
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Carpet Radar Set
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England, no date - Ground crewmen Sgt. James Blakney and M/Sgt. Charles W. Garrigan make an engine change at an 8th AF Base in England.
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Changing out engine
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Somewhere in England, August 6, 1942 - Sgt. William Ewing of Keytesville, a Flying Fortress side gunner and assistant radio operator, inspects the feed-belt of his gun as the zero hour nears. He's stationed at an American Bomber Command Station in England.
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Check-UP
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No location, no date - Pfc. Bostick carefully checks sight alighnment in turret of Consolidated B-24 Liberator. This is a very important consideration contributing to accuracy in gunnery.
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Checking top turret guns
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England, no date - Co-Pilot Lt. Wm. C, Rowland, New Castle, PA, in the cockpit of a B-24 of the 8th AF, England.
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Co-Pilot
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England, WWII - Control Jeep manned by Cpt. Larry Roth, Brooklyn, NY, and Cpt Wallace E. Marquardt, Fremont, Wis. directs a B-24 to runway for take-off.
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Control Jeep
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England, 12 December 1942 - The crew of crash tender "Joyce" at a Boeing B-17 station somewhere in England.
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Crash Tender crew
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England, no date - Capt. Howard Slaton, pilot, and his crew leave their Consolidated B-24 at a base somewhere in England after a mission over Berlin.
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Crew
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England - Back from bombing an airdrome near Bordeaux, the combat crew of the Boeing B-17 "Patsy Ann" heads for interrogation while ground crewmen makeroutine check on oil and engine. Man on wing holds nozzle of oil hose which runs up from tank truck. On ladder, a mechanic inspects the inside ring cowling of the right inboard engine for possible flak damage.
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Crew of Patsy Ann
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England - Crew cheif MSgt. Herbert H. Roberts of Rosebud, Texas gives the signal to cut the engines. 91st BG
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Cut Engines
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England, June 6, 1944 - Eight crew members of the 8th AF Flying Fortress "General Ike" are ready to go as their cheerful faces show. "We're going to unroll a carpet of bombs for those doughboys to walk ashore on," says the crew.
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D-Day Aircrew
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England, 1944 - First man to obtain invasion day photos is cameraman Capt. Dale E. Elkins, shows with his specially constructed camera
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D-Day Photographer
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England, 1944 - Carrying their furious campaign to obliterate German aircraft industry into its 6th day, U.S. 8th AF Liberators and Flying Fortresses hammered Messerschmitt factories at Regensberg and the ball-bearing works at Stuttgart in the great attack of February 25, 1944. This is a typical group of airmen being interrogated after the mission.
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Debriefing
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