IWM catalogue record
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Staff Sergeant Francis Coughenour and Staff Sergeant Demetrio A Apadoca of the 385th Bomb Group develop intelligence photos from a mission. Image stamped on reverse; ‘Keystone Press.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 15 Nov 1943.’ [stamp] and ‘292890.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'FLYING FORTRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS. Without adequate photography, the fighting of this was by the Air Forces would be almost impossible. This is the story of how one Photo Unit on a Flying Fortress Station does its job of recording intelligence the bombing operations carried out by that station's heavy aircraft. The unit commanded by Lt Raymond Fordyce, of 3320, NW Fifth Ave, Miami, Florida, 26 year old former star athlete at Tampa University in Florida, includes aerial photographers who accompany the Forts on every mission and ground crewmen. US Pool/ SG/ Hel. Keystone. Photo shows: On their return, the film is rushed to the photo laboratory where it is immediately developed. Shown at work in the developing room are: S/Sgt Francis Coughenour, of Hutchinson, Kansas, and S/Sgt Demetrio A Apadoca, of Las Cruces, NM.'
The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...