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General James "Jimmy" Doolittle inspects a crater caused by a bomb dump explosion at Metfield, home of the 491st Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '491 BG Gen Doolittle inspecting damage caused by bomb dump damage.'

IWM catalogue record

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

General James "Jimmy" Dootlittle inspects a crater caused by a bomb dump explosion at Metfield, home of the 491st Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '491 BG Gen Dootlittle inspecting damage caused by bomb dump damage.'

Connections

Units

  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

People

  • James Doolittle

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
    Became Commanding General of 12th AF September 1942; Commanding General of Northwest African Strategic Air Force March 1943; assumed command of 15th AF November 1943; Commanding General of 8th Air Force 6 January 1944 to 9 May 1945. Medal Of Honor for...

Locations

  • Metfield

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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