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Lieutenant-General Jacob L. Devers talks to Captain James H Verinus of the 91st Bomb Group, in the waist gun position of his B-17 Flying Fortress (DF-A, serial number 41-24485) nicknamed "Memphis Belle". Passed for publication 10 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Not For Publication Before 00.30 June 10th. Flying Fortress Returns To U.S.A. After 25 Operations. June 1943. At an 8th Army Air Station somewhere in England, Lt.-Gen. Jacob L. Devers, and Major-General Ira. C. Eaker, bidded fare-well to the Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" which is returning to the United States after completing 25 missions over enemy territory. The crew will instruct airmen back home, who will follow in their footsteps in the great Allied Air Offensives against the enemy. Picture shows - Captain James H. Verinus, of New Haven, Conn., the Co-Pilot with the "Scottie" mascot "Stuka" who has made about 12 operational trips travelling in an oxygen box.' US Army Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Print No: 268682
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot
Flew sixth mission as pilot on 'Memphis Belle,' and then was given his own crew and aircraft named 'The Connecticut Yankee.'
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...