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"The hand that throws the bomb switch in the Flying Fortress, 'Invasion II', belongs to Edwin R Bush [ Los Angeles, Calif. ] Lt. Bush has sat like this, peering into his Norden bombsight, thrown the switch and called 'Bombs Away!' 23 times over Nazi Europe". - The "other side" of Capt Edwin R Bush, bombardier of the 401st Bomb Sqn, 91st BG; he'd completed 23 missions when this photo was taken.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12124-92553AC.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • Edwin Bush

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
    Aboard 'The Saint' B-17F 41-24431 which suffered an accident while taxiing on the runway on 12-Feb-43 due to strong winds. All 7 crew members were safe. Shot down 17 April 1943 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II. ' Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted...


  • 42-5070 'Invasion II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/42; New Castle 11/10/42; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 14/12/42; Missing in Action 18m Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Oscar O'Neill, Co-pilot: Bob Friehofer, Navigator: Capt Edwin Carmichael, Bombardier: Capt Edwin Bush,...


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15 March 2017 14:56:11 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations