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A bomber crew of the 93rd Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Bomerang". A censor has obscured the insignia on the airmen's jackets. Passed as censored 5 Apr 1944.

Printed caption on reverse: '"Bomerang" 53-Mission Liberator Goes Home. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Crew of the Liberator "Bomerang" before leaving for U.S.

L-R squatting :
1st. Lt. William N. Ford of Jersey City, N.J. Navigator;
Sgt. George C. Ewald of Norfolk, Va. crew chief;
T/Sgt. Edwin D. Kleine of Long Island City, N.Y., radio operator.

L-R Standing :
1st Lt. George Everhart of Marysville, Kansas, Bombardier;
1st Lt. John V. Kemp of L.A.,;
T/Sgt. Alfred B. Bergkamp;
S/Sgt. William A. Apy;
S/Sgt. Michael L. Sullivan;
S/Sgt. Enos H. Lee, Jarrettville, Md. Gunner;
T/Sgt. Ralph L. Carroll of West Lake Road, Northeast, Pa., Engineer gunner;
M/Sgt. Charles A. Chambers of Mechanicsburg, Pa., crew chief.'

On reverse: The Associated Press Ltd. and US Army General Section Press & Censorship [Stamps]. Print No: 314795.

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A bomber crew of the 93rd Bomb Group with their B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Boomerang". A censor has obscured the insignia on the airmen's jackets. Passed as censored 5 Apr 1944. Printed caption on reverse: '"Boomerang" 53-Mission Liberator Goes Home. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Crew of the Liberator "Boomerang" before leaving for U.S. L-R squatting : 1st. Lt. William N. Ford of Jersey City, N.J. Navigator; Sgt. George C. Ewald of Norfolk, Va. crew chief; T/Sgt. Edwin D. Kleine of Long Island City, N.Y., radio operator. L-R Standing : 1st Lt. George Everhart of Marysville, Kansas, Bombardier; 1st Lt. John V. Kemp of L.A.,; T/Sgt. Alfred B. Bergkamp; S/Sgt. William A. Apy; S/Sgt. Michael L. Sullivan; S/Sgt. Enos H. Lee, Jarrettville, Md. Gunner, T/Sgt. Ralph L. Carroll of West Lake Road, Northeast, Pa., Engineer gunner; M/Sgt. Charles A. Chambers of Mechanicsburg, Pa., crew chief.' On reverse: The Associated Press Ltd. and US Army General Section Press & Censorship [Stamps]. Print No: 314795.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 328th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Apy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying aboard B-24 Liberator 41-23809. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alfred Bergkamp

    Military | Technical Sergeant
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew Ploesti raid on 1-Aug-43. ETD Awards: AM, DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Carroll

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 330BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Flew on famous Ploesti raid of 1-Aug-43 aboard B-24 41-24109. Returned to ZI aboard B-24 'Bomerang' with Capt Walter T Stewart. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Chambers

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief / Flight Engineer
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24 41-27322 'Bomerang's original crew chief, later became flight engineer. ETD Awards: AM, GC, WWII Victory, EAME

  • George Everhart

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator / Bombardier
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Ewald

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Ford

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 329BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Kemp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24259). The aircraft developed gas leak shortly after Tidal Wave takeoff and returned to base. ETD ...

  • Edwin Kleine

    Military
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Enos Lee

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    Assigned to 328BS, 93BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 41-23722 'Bomerang'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D serial 41-23722 'Bomerang' (coded GO-C) of the 328th BS, 93rd BG. Survivor of the first raid on the Ploesti oil refinery complex. Returned safely to Libya. First 8th AF Liberator to complete 50 missions. After completing 53 missions, was flown...

Locations

  • Hardwick

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber airfield, Hardwick was used first by the 310th Bomb Group, equipped with B-25 Mitchells. In December 1943, the B-24 Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group moved in, and remained until the end of the war, flying over 330 missions....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2019 17:31:01 Al_Skiff Changes to caption, unit associations and aircraft associations
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Roger Freeman Photo

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2017 14:15:27 Lucy May Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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Formed associations from information in the caption.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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