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Lieutenant "John Bull" Stirling of the 456th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group, in the cockpit of his B-26 Marauder nicknamed "John Bull". Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Not to be published 24 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '276112.'[Censor no. ] Printed caption on reverse: 'Passed by the Censor- no 2761. Marauder is now operating from this country. Fastest Medium Bomber in use is now operating from this country. It has just been disclosed that the American Medium Bomber, the B-26 Marauder, which already has done such fine defensive work in Sicily, North Africa and the Far East, is now operating from this country with the Ground Support Command of the U.S. 8th Air Force. A fast, hard hitting Bomber with a top speed in the region of M.P.H at 15,000 ft. The Marauder is capable of pentrating deeply into enemy zones as it has a range of 2400 miles and a "ceiling" of between six and seven miles. It carries 2,400 lbs of bombs and its 7 -man crew handles an armament of eight .50 calibre machine guns. [printed caption] ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO SHOWS: Lt "John Bull" Stirling of Annapolis, Maryland, in the cockpit of his Marauder plane about to set off on an operational flight from a U.S. Bomber Station "somewhere in England" WOR 25911.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Probably 456BS.'

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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Lieutenant "John Bull" Sterling of the 322nd Bomb Group in the cockpit of his B-26 Marauder nicknamed "John Bull" Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Not to be published 24 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '276112.'[Censor no. ] Printed caption on reverse: 'Passed by the Censor- no 2761. Marauder is now operating from this country. Fastest Medium Bomber in use is now operating from this country. It has just been disclosed that the American Medium Bomber, the B-26 Marauder, which already has done such fine defensive work in Sicily, North Africa and the Far East, is now operating from this country with the Ground Support Command of the U.S. 8th Air Force. A fast, hard hitting Bomber with a top speed in the region of M.P.H at 15,000 ft. The Marauder is capable of pentrating deeply into enemy zones as it has a range of 2400 miles and a "ceiling" of between six and seven miles. It carries 2,400 lbs of bombs and its 7 -man crew handles an armament of eight .50 calibre machine guns. [printed caption] ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO SHOWS: Lt "John Bull" Stirling of Annapolis, Maryland, in the cockpit of his Marauder plane about to set off on an operational flight from a U.S. Bomber Station "somewhere in England" WOR 25911.' Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Probably 456BS.'

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Units

  • 323rd Bomb Group

    323rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...

  • 456th Bomb Squadron

    456th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Selected Bibliography of Publications: ...

People

  • John Stirling

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • John Stirling

    Military | Colonel | B-26 Marauder Pilot
    Maj. Stirling served as a B-26 Marauder pilot with the 456th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group, and 9th Air Force during the Second World War. He was part of the original Myrtle Beach, South Carolina group that first comprised the 456th Bomb Squadron....

Aircraft

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2014 10:04:49 Lucy May Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Corrected unit associations after email from Jan Foster.

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2014 09:49:45 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Corrected the spelling of the pilot's surname from 'Sterling' to 'Stirling'.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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