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Staff Sergeant Elmer W. Leonard of the 390th Bomb Group in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress with his souvenirs from the Regensburg Shuttle Mission. Passed for publication 25 Aug 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Regensburg Raiders Return From North Africa - Bombing Bordeaux En Route. Associated Press Photo Shows:- S/Sgt. Elmer W. Leonard, 22, of Thorndike, Me., engineer aboard one of the Fortress bombers which attacked Regensburg on August 17, flew on to North Africa and returned to Britain on August 24, bombing an aircraft assembly plant in Bordeaux, enemy-occupied France, in daylight during the journey home, seen with souvenirs of his visit to Africa. He is wearing a fez, and sits on the nose of a Heinkel destroyed in the Middle East fighting. The gun is a 30-calibre German machine gun - a relic of the desert fighting which ended in the expulsion of the Axis from the whole African continent. Sgt. Leonard shot down a Messerschmitt 109 during the raid on Regensburg. TET 259972. 25-8-43-U.' On reverse: US Army Press Censor ETO, US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau and Associated Press [Stamps].
The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230265 'Pinky. ' Prisoner of War (POW).