IWM catalogue record
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Sergeant Stanley Finch and Sergeant Frank Mallet of the 97th Bomb Group with their squadron insignia, painted on the waist of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication.' [stamp], 'USA(BRI)CC:EMB.' [written annotation] and '212078.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN FLYING FORTRESSES WAIT FOR ZERO HOUR. Associated Press Photo Shows: Sgt. Stanley Finch of New Bedford Mass. and (right) Sgt. Frank Mallet of Lisbon. ME. smile over the grisly bombs and skull insignia of their squadron.'
The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
Finch was shot down on a mission to attack airfields near Cologne on 10 November 1944. His aircraft B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31830) nicknamed "Marie" received two direct flak hits, which blew off the number 3 engine, right wheel and wing,...
Military | Sergeant
Mallett was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 1 June 1943.
He also received the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters