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

General Ira C. Eaker shakes hands with the Hollywood actor Clark Gable of the 351st Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'Gen Eaker & Clark Gable, High Wycombe. 443.'

Connections

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

People

  • Ira Eaker

    Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force
    Commanding General of 8th AF 1 December 1942 to 5 January 1944. Following that, Eaker was given command of all Allied air forces in the MTO, and in April 1945 became Deputy CG of the USAAF. Retired July 1947.

  • Clark Gable

    Military | Major | Cameraman, Gunner, Actor
    Clark Gable flew 5 missions as Captain filming 50,000 ft of gunnery combat during 1943. He received the Air Medal for his service. 1 mission was flown with the 303rd BG. The rest were with the 351st BG in different aircraft. The film was named 'Combat...

Locations

  • High Wycombe

    Military site : non-airfield
    Not the site of RAF High Wycombe, this was the Headquarters of Eighth Air Force Bomber Command (Pinetree). Situated on land and in a house formerly occupied by Wycombe Abbey School and restored to them by the US on 9 May 1946. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2014 12:43:28 Tom Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Associated people from the Roger Freeman Collection image caption

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:40:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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