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U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson stands in the centre of a group of high-ranking officers in the Operations Room of the 352nd Fighter Group at Bodney air base, 17 July 1944. Lieutenant-General Carl A. Spaatz, Commanding General of U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe, stands on Stimson's left. Lieutenant-General James H. Doolittle, Commanding General of the 8th Air Force, leans on the map table. Major-General William E. Kepner, Commanding General of 8th Fighter Command, stands to Stimson's right. To Kepner's right are Major-General Alexander D. Surles, the director of the U.S. War Department’s Bureau of Public Relations and Major-General Norman T. Kirk, Surgeon General of the United States Army. Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph L. Mason, of the 352nd Fighter Group, stands beside Doolittle.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...


  • James Doolittle

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
    Became Commanding General of 12th AF September 1942; Commanding General of Northwest African Strategic Air Force March 1943; assumed command of 15th AF November 1943; Commanding General of 8th Air Force 6 January 1944 to 9 May 1945. Medal Of Honor for...

  • William Kepner

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force Fighter Command
    From 1909 to 1913, Kepner served in the US Marine Corps. By 1916 he was a second lieutenant in the Indiana National Guard. After a short spell in the US cavalry, in 1917 he transferred to the infantry as a captain and commanded a company at the Battle...

  • Joseph Mason

    Military | Colonel
    MOS 945 =Photography Laboratory Technician

  • Carl Spaatz

    Military | General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
    A few weeks after Pearl Harbor, in January 1942, General Spaatz was assigned as chief of the Army Air Force Combat Command at Washington and promoted to the temporary rank of major general. In May 1942, Spaatz was designated commander of the Eighth Air...


  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:19:12 AAM AAM ingest

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