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The operations room at Bury St Edmunds, December 1943

Handwritten caption on reverse: '94BG.' On reverse: Associated Press [Stamp], 'Passed for publication 14 December 1943.'[stamp].

Printed caption on reverse: 'Operations Room of US Bomber Base - Key spot and heart of the planning and organization of a mission is in the operations office of a base. Manned 24-hours a day, a funnel for all the incoming information and data that is needed to plan the thousands of details to complete a successful mission. The 'Ops' room is the brain of a bombing mission. Intelligence information about the target, planned bomb load, amount of gasoline needed to make the flight with a safe margin, are put together and readied to pass along the line to ground officers to put into effect , and to the crews at briefing before takeoff time. Associated Press photo shows: At work in the 'Ops Room' during the planning of a raid, left to right ; Assistant Operations Officer, Capt. James H. Ainsworth, Rutland, Ver, Lt. David B. Vinson Jr., 3110 Federal St., El Paso, Tex, Lt. Mathew Murray, 276 Great Kills Road, New York City, Sgt. M. D. Horn, 3822 NE Milton Portland, Ore, Col. Louis G. Thorup, Group Air Executive Officer, 115 Edith Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah, and S/Sgt. Joseph D. Lugosh Jr., 348 Springfield Terrace, Haddonfield, NJ.'

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The operations room of the 94th Bomb Group.

Handwritten caption on reverse: '94BG.' On reverse: Associated Press [Stamp], 'Passed for publication 14 December 1943.'[stamp].

Printed caption on reverse: 'Operations Room of US Bomber Base - Key spot and heart of the planning and organization of a mission is in the operations office of a base. Manned 24-hours a day, a funnel for all the incoming information and data that is needed to plan the thousands of details to complete a successful mission. The 'Ops' room is the brain of a bombing mission. Intelligence information about the target, planned bomb load, amount of gasoline needed to make the flight with a safe margin, are put together and readied to pass along the line to ground officers to put into effect , and to the crews at briefing before takeoff time. Associated Press photo shows: At work in the 'Ops Room' during the planning of a raid, left to right ; Assistant Operations Officer, Capt. James H. Ainsworth, Rutland, Ver, Lt. David B. Vinson Jr., 3110 Federal St., El Paso, Tex, Lt. Mathew Murray, 276 Great Kills Road, New York City, Sgt. M. D. Horn, 3822 NE Milton Portland, Ore, Col. Louis G. Thorup, Group Air Executive Officer, 115 Edith Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah, and S/Sgt. Joseph D. Lugosh Jr., 348 Springfield Terrace, Haddonfield, NJ.'

Connections

Units

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

People

  • James Ainsworth

    Military | Captain | Assistant Operations Officer

  • John Cota

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down 11 January 1944 in B-17 #4239767. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Marwin Horn

    Military | Sergeant

  • Edmund Jozel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Plane was 'The Dutchess'

  • Joseph Lugosch

    Military | Staff Sergeant

  • Mathew Murray

    Military | Lieutenant

  • Louis Thorup

    Military | Colonel | Group Air Executive Officer, Pilot, Squadron Commander, Group Commander
    First Squadron Commanding Officer for the 333rd BS of 94th BG from 19 November to June 1943. ...

  • David Vinson

    Military | Lieutenant

Locations

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2019 11:47:02 Emily Changes to caption and place associations
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual, p9

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 09:01:04 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption
Sources

This image appears in Roger Freeman "The Mighty Eighth War Manual" p.9

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:41:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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