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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Lieutenant-Colonel Carl Elver, Major James Patterson, Colonel James M Thompson and "Flap" the dog mascot of the 448th Bomb Group meet the Shakespear family during a visit. Official caption printed on image: '(GPR-10-1-448)(20-2-44)(Guest: APR.' Handwritten caption on reverse: '20/4/44- L to R- Lt Col Carl Elver, Executive officer 448th BG, Sir Geoffery Shakespear, Norfolk MP, Col James M Thompson, CO 448 BG, Lady Shakespear, Pamela Shakespear with 'Flap' [dog mascot of the 448th Bomb Group] Major James R Patterson, Group inspector, unidentified guest.'



  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...


  • James Patterson

    Military | Captain | Engineering Officer

  • James Patterson

    Military | Major
    448th BG Staff

  • Flap Spaniel

    Military | Mascot
    '"Flap" Group mascot, 448 BG, Seething.

  • James Thompson

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer 448th BG
    Commanding Officer of the 448th Bomb Group at Seething from May 1943 to April 1944. Declared Killed in Action (KIA) on 1st April 1944. Parachute failed to open from lead PFF aircraft 41-28763. Story detailed pp. 79-80 in 'Liberators Over Germany'.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:13 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection