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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Brigadier-General Newton Longfellow and Lieutenant Robert L Riordan of the 306th Bomb Group, show King George VI part of a damaged B-17 Flying Fortress during a royal visit. Passed as censored 18 Nov 1942. Handwritten caption on reverse of print: 'ETO HQ - 42-1552.' Printed caption on reverse: 'ETO-HQ-42-1552. Nov. 14, 42. Lt. James M. Hair [sic], Gatesville, Texas showing H.M. King George VI a part of his Flying Fortress, damaged by a flak during raid over axis territory. Brig. Gen. Newton Longfellow looks on. [Censor has struck out - Thurleigh,] England.' On reverse: Ministry of Information, Unofficially Approved (As Cut), US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
Military | Brigadier General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force Bomber Command
Formerly command pilot. CG VIII Bomber Command 2 December 1942 to 30 June 1943.
Awards: SS, WWII Victory, EAME, CBE (Commander British Empire).
Military site : airfield
Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...