IWM catalogue record
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Pilot Officer "Rusty", the mascot of the 44th Bomb Group, stands in front of a B-24 Liberator at Shipdham. Image stamped with Ministry of Information press censor, 25 October 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Pilot Officer "Rusty" - dog of many missions. Pilot Officer "Rusty" - mascot of a liberator operating from this country, was flown to England from the U.S. He has "taken part" in numerous bombing raids including that made on the oilfields at Ploesti. Associated Press Photo Shows: "Rusty" sits nonchalantly on top of a 500lb bomb while waiting to take part in yet another raid on enemy-occupied territory. TET 261676/7 241043Y' NB: The phrase 'including that made on the oilfields at Ploesti' has been crossed out by censor.
The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...
Military site : airfield
Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...