IWM catalogue record
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Aerial photographers of the 385th Bomb Group beside a B-17 Flying Fortress before a mission. Image stamped on reverse; ‘Keystone Press.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 15 Nov 1943.’ [stamp] and ‘292889.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'FLYING FORTRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS. Without adequate photography, the fighting of this was by the Air Forces would be almost impossible. This is the story of how one Photo Unit on a Flying Fortress Station does its job of recording intelligence the bombing operations carried out by that station's heavy aircraft. The unit commanded by Lt Raymond Fordyce, of 3320, NW Fifth Ave, Miami, Florida, 26 year old former star athlete at Tampa University in Florida, includes aerial photographers who accompany the Forts on every mission and ground crewmen. US Pool/ SG/ Hel. Keystone. Photo shows: Aerial photographers, ready for their missions, are seated by their Fortresses before take-off. Left to right, they are: S/Sgt Clifford J Peek, Oklahoma City, Okla, Sgt Anthony Kosierowski, of Wilkes, Barre, Pa, and Sgt Frank L Creegan, of Fort Scott, Kansas. 2.'
The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...
Military | Sergeant | Photographer
Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).