IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Airmen of the 386th Bomb Group celebrate the 50 mission markings painted on the back of Staff-Sergeant Chester P Klier's A-2 Flight Jacket, in front of their B-26 Marauder (RG-R, serial number 41-31620) nicknamed "Black Magic". Image via Chester P Klier. Printed caption on reverse: '386th BG From left, to right: Lt Harry Slemmons, 38 missions. S/Sgt ChesterO Klier, 50 missions. S/Sgt John P Stankiewiz, 14 missions (he was later shot down but survived). Capt Bud W Lambert, 46 missions. S/Sgt Alan N Dipple, 43 missions. Slemmons points to fifty bomb symbols and German fighter plane painted on the back of Klier's jacket.'
The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...