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King George VI meets the crew of a B-24 Liberator during his first official visit to the 93rd Bomb Group at Alconbury. 11 November 1942. In front from left to right: Colonel E.J. Timberlake; King George VI; Lieutenant L.F. Schmidt, from New Hampton, New York; Captain C.A. Culpepper, from Poplarville, Missouri; Captain C.D. Lee, from Spartansburg, South Carolina. In back from left to right: Sergeant Phillip Salamon, from Archibald, Pennsylvania; Sergeant Oda A. Smathers, from Ashville, North Carolina; Sergeant A.S. Bell, from Detroit, Michigan; Sergeant Johny Brown, from Hot Springs, New Mexico. Printed caption on reverse: 'SC 152156 His Majesty, King George VI, during his first visit to U.S. Bomber Forces somewhere in England. L-R: Col E J Timberlake; H.R.H. Lt L F Schmidt, New Hampton, N.Y., Captain C A Culpepper; Poplarville, Miss., Capt C D Lee, Spartonsburg. S.C. crew of the Liberator, In back L-R: Sgt Phillip Salamon, Archibald, Pa; Sgt Oda A Smathers, Ashville, N.C.; Sgt A S Bell, Detroit, Michigan; Sgt Johny Brown, Hot Springs, New Mexico; 93rd Bomber Command, Alconbury,England. 14 November 1942. Please credit U.S. Army Photograph.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crew of Teggie Ann.' The man with his back to the camera is Lieutenant Harold J. Mann, Scranton, PA. He was the bombardier for "Exterminator" S/N 41-23717. He flew 30 missions with the 93rd before rotating home. He was shot down in a B-29 over Japan on August 20, 1944. He and three other airmen were tried by a Japanese court martial and sentenced to death. It was never carried out. He was liberated on August 29,1945 from the Omori POW camp in Tokyo.

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King George VI meets the crew of a B-24 Liberator during his first official visit to the 93rd Bomb Group at Alconbury. 11 November 1942. In front from left to right: Colonel E.J. Timberlake; King George VI; Lieutenant L.F. Schmidt, from New Hampton, New York; Captain C.A. Culpepper, from Poplarville, Missouri; Captain C.D. Lee, from Spartansburg, South Carolina. In back from left to right: Sergeant Phillip Salamon, from Archibald, Pennsylvania; Sergeant Oda A. Smathers, from Ashville, North Carolina; Sergeant A.S. Bell, from Detroit, Michigan; Sergeant Johny Brown, from Hot Springs, New Mexico. Printed caption on reverse: 'SC 152156 His Majesty, King George VI, during his first visit to U.S. Bomber Forces somewhere in England. L-R: Col E J Timberlake; H.R.H. Lt L F Schmidt, New Hampton, N.Y., Captain C A Culpepper; Poplarville, Miss., Capt C D Lee, Spartonsburg. S.C. crew of the Liberator, In back L-R: Sgt Phillip Salamon, Archibald, Pa; Sgt Oda A Smathers, Ashville, N.C.; Sgt A S Bell, Detroit, Michigan; Sgt Johny Brown, Hot Springs, New Mexico; 93rd Bomber Command, Alconbury,England. 14 November 1942. Please credit U.S. Army Photograph.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Crew of Teggie Ann.'

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Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 409th Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Claude Culpepper

    Military | Captain | Bombardier
    flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1 Aug '43

  • Charles Lee

    Military | Major | Pilot; Co-Pilot
    He flew with the 93rd BG in 1943 and then transferred to the 91st BG on 24 Jan 1944. Became Group Operations Officer on 07 Feb 1944 in the 91st BG. ...

  • Philip Salamon

    Military

  • Leander Schmid

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    On 10 January 1943 when 93rd was assigned to N. Africa to help defeat Rommel. ...

  • Oda Smathers

    Military

  • Edward Timberlake

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding General
    From FindAGrave: ...

Aircraft

  • 41-23754 'Teggie Ann' 'Little Lady'

    B-24 Liberator
    'Little Lady' survived the Ploesti bomb run but was so damaged that it was crash landed just over the border into Turkey. All the crew survived the landing and were amazed that the plane did not explode or catch fire because of all the holes. The said...

Locations

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 02:06:39 John Chapman Changes to caption
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Personal interviews.

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2017 02:05:31 John Chapman Changes to caption
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Personal interviews

Date Contributor Update
15 April 2015 10:55:15 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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Roger Freeman Photo

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:11 AAM AAM ingest
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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