IWM catalogue record
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Ground personnel work on the battle damaged engines of a B-24H Liberator (serial number 41-29567) nicknamed "Bambi" of the 34th Bomb Group at Leiston, 19 July 1944. Official caption printed on image: 'I SAD 19 JULY 44 (1958)(WPU, BATTLE DAMAGE, B24 H 4129567, LEISTON) FA.' Handwritten caption on reverse: '93rd Bomb Grp 20th Combat Wing 2nd Div.' Caption refers to the 'B' painted on the aircraft's tail, which is this aircraft's radio call letter. Circle B was the tactical marking of the 93rd Bomb Group.
After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...
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...
Military site : airfield
Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...