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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.'
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...
Military | Captain | Engineering Officer
Military | Major
448th BG Staff
Military | Mascot
'"Flap" Group mascot, 448 BG, Seething.
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'.