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IWM catalogue record

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

Ground crew of the 25th Bomb Group perform maintenance on a Mosquito belonging to Lieutenant-Colonel Leon W. Gray at Watton. Image stamped on reverse: 'Flight International Copyright' 'Neg. No. W117/7' First handwritten caption on reverse: 'Black Spinner.' Second handwritten caption on reverse: 'Aircraft of Lt Col Leon W Gray C.O. 25th Group.'

Connections

Units

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

People

  • Leon Gray

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Gray was a highly decorated WW II veteran who flew photo reconnaissance missions (unarmed) in enemy airspace with the P-38 Lightning and British Mosquito in the European theater. He was co-commander with Elliott Roosevelt in North Africa. Commander of...

Locations

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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