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First Lieutenant Richard Steck of the 392nd Bomb Group instructs his crew and 10 passengers before a flight from Wales in a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95151) nicknamed "Monotonous Maggie".

Image via BL Davies.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Official USAAF Photograph By AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND.' [stamp]

Printed caption on reverse: 'June 1945. ATC Euro Pro Release No. G-128 AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND SPEEDS US EIGHTH AAF ON ITS WAY: Flying Air Transport Command routes and using ATC facilities, the US Eighth Air Force is on its way to Japan, via the United States. These pictures, taken at the ATC at Valley, Wales, portray the intense activity at the base. Final instructions for last mission from UK: First Lieut Richard Steck of San Diego, Calif (centre in leather jacket) gives his crew and 10 passengers of "Monotonous Maggie" final instructions before their last flight from a United Kingdom base. Each of the bombers on its way to the US carries its crew of 10, plus 10 soldier passengers. In addition soldier’s mail also is being flown to the US in some of the bombers.'

IWM catalogue record

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First Lieutenant Richard Steck of the 392nd Bomb Group instructs his crew and 10 passengers before a flight from Wales in a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95151) nicknamed "Monotonous Maggie".

Image via BL Davies.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Official USAAF Photograph By AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND.' [stamp]

Printed caption on reverse: 'June 1945. ATC Euro Pro Release No. G-128 AIR TRANSPORT COMMAND SPEEDS US EIGHTH AAF ON ITS WAY: Flying Air Transport Command routes and using ATC facilities, the US Eighth Air Force is on its way to Japan, via the United States. These pictures, taken at the ATC at Valley, Wales, portray the intense activity at the base. Final instructions for last mission from UK: First Lieut Richard Steck of San Diego, Calif (centre in leather jacket) gives his crew and 10 passengers of "Monotonous Maggie" final instructions before their last flight from a United Kingdom base. Each of the bombers on its way to the US carries its crew of 10, plus 10 soldier passengers. In addition soldier’s mail also is being flown to the US in some of the bombers.'

Connections

Units

  • Air Transport Command
  • 392nd Bomb Group

    392nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 392nd Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Wendling, Norfolk from August 1943 until April 1945. They were the first Group to be given B-24H Liberators, the first B-24 model that was fitted with a nose turret on the production line, an adaptation...

People

  • Richard Steck

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Richard Steck served as a pilot with the 392nd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Wendling, England. Individual photo

Aircraft

Locations

  • Valley

    Military site : airfield
    USAAF Air Transport Command Ferry Terminal and Movement Section from 1943-45.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:17:48 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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