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Personnel of the 379th Bomb Group gather around a heater. A B-17 Flying Fortress is visible in the background.

From duplicate print: Ground crewmen of the 379th Bomb Group gather around a stove in a tent near their B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed for publication 8 Jan 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '379.' Printed caption on reverse: '"Unsung Heroes Of The Air War". Working endless hours in all ki-[obscured] the ground crews of the big B-17 bombers get little cradit[sic] in the constant onslaught from the air on Hitler's European Fortress. Averaging 18 hours a day for many weeks at a time, they seldom get a chance to shave or wash. To be near their work they live in tents pitched near the parking area. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Grouped around the stove in their tent, with their "charge", a B-17 Fortress just visible through the door, are (left to right): M/Sgt. Kenneth Harrison, crew chief, of 734 Commercial St., Danville, Ill.; Pte. John E. Andress, of Greenville, Ala.; Cpl. Bruce Drynan, of 576 Hawthorne Ave., Elmhurst, Ill.; and Sgt. Frank Janish, of 421 Sycamore Street, Buffalo, N.U[sic]. IRV 263742. 8-1-44-Y.' Censor no: 299298. On reverse: Associated Press and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

Handwritten caption on reverse: '94.'

IWM catalogue record

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

Personnel of the 94th Bomb Group gather around a heater. A B-17 Flying Fortress is visible in the background. Handwritten caption on reverse: '94.'

Connections

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

People

  • John Andress

    Military | Private First Class | Ground crew
    Assigned to 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bruce Drynan

    Military | Corporal | Mechanic
    Assigned to 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Harrison

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: LOM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Janish

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Locations

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 January 2017 14:41:18 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Corrected group in caption.

Date Contributor Update
23 November 2016 16:40:28 Lucy May Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added information across from FRE 4794 (https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/7844)

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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