IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Colonel Howard Moody opf the 355th Fighter Group inspects the wreck of a P-51 Mustang, cannibalised for parts. Passed as censored 3 Mar 1945. Printed caption on reverse: 'When a plane crashes anywhere in occupied France, Belgium, Germany or Holland, a guard from one of the emergency fields is immediately dispatched to the scene to watch over the plane until a ground crew can come and take off vital equipment. The plane is then left with this sign on it to indicate there is nothing of value left. Here Col. Howard Moody, Santa Cruz, Cal., in charge of the largest emergency field, looks over the remains of a crashed fighter that has been stripped. The pilot escaped with only scratches. Brandt/Acme/Combine. (Nos. 4&5).' On reverse: British Combine Photos, Central Press, No Air Objection and SHAEF Field Press Censor [Stamps].
Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...