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A Ground crew-man of the 93rd Bomb Group stands beside a B-24 Liberator, # 41-24147, nicknamed 'The Duchess'. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press Agency Ltd.' Printed caption attached to the reverse: "283882" [Censor no]. 'AIR SER (LIBERATOR) ' [written annotation] '4/11/43 censor' [ written annotation]. "LIBERATOR'S TRAVELLING CIRCUS". "Travelling Circus" has become the nickname of the American B-24 Liberators on shuttle service. One day they may start from North African bases, strike at objectives in Northern Italy and land in Britain. Another day they may bomb Germany and fly to Sicily and refuel. A great striking power is combined with high mobility. The Liberators have to their credit such daring operations as the Ploesti Oil Refinery raid or Wiener Neustadt raid. This series of pictures shows the life of the "Travelling Circus", its Liberator bombers, flying men, and ground crews preparing and conducting operations, always swift in force and containing the element of surprise for the enemy. Keystone Photo shows:- M/Sgt Herbert F. Hastings, of Loweaqua. Ill. near Decatur, who is one of the best crew chiefs in the U.S.A.A.F. Sgt. Hastings was crew chief on the ill-fated Lib. 'Hot Freight' with a record of 12 missions without a turnback. He continued his good work on the B-24D, 'The Duchess', chalking up 22 more missions without a turnback. On one raid in particular he did a fast bit of work. 'The Duchess' was almost ready to take off when she developed a malfunction, necessitating changing the oil pressure lines which Hastings did in the remarkable time of 10 minutes. Truly, the time-worn expression, "Unsung Heroes" applies to men like Hastings. Theirs is a job with no glory but great is the reward for their perseverance in putting the planes in the air. U.S.Pool/ F.Keystome 1.2. SG . 'Handwritten on reverse: '3/11/44.' Reference: "Mighty Eighth War Diary" By Roger A. Freeman. Page 133."

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A Ground crew-man of the 93rd Bomb Group stands beside a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24147) nicknamed "The Duchess". Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press Agency Ltd.' [stamp] Printed caption attached to the reverse: "283882' [Censor no]. 'AIR SER (LIBERATOR) ' [written annotation].'4/11/43 censor' [ written annotation]. 'LIBERATOR'S TRAVELLING CIRCUS ""Travelling Circus"" has become the nickname of the American Liberators on shuttle service. One day they may start from N. African bases , strike at objectives in Northern Italy and land in Britain. Another day they may bomb Germany and fly to Sicily and refuel. A great striking power is combined with high mobility. The Liberators have to their credit such daring operations as the Ploesti Max Oil Field raid or Wiener Neustadt raid. - This series of pictures shows the life of the ""Travelling Circus"", its Liberator bombers. flying men, ground crews, preparing and conducting operations, - always swift, in force and containing element of surprise for the enemy. Keystone Photo shows:- M/Sgt Herbert F. Hastings, of Loweaqua. Ill. (near Decatur) is one of the best crew chiefs in the U.S.A.A.F. Sgt. Hastings was crew chief on the ill-fated Lib. ""Hot Freight"" with a record of 12 missions without a turnback, he continued his good work on the Lib. ""The Duchess"" chalking up 22 more missions without a turnback. On one raid in particular he did a fast bit of work. The ""Duchess""was almost ready to take off when she developed a malfunction, necessitating changing the oil pressure lines which hastings didin the remarkable time of 10 minutes. Truly, the time-worn expression, ""Unsung Heroes"" applies to men like Hastings. Theirs is a job with no glory but great is the reward for their perseverance in putting the planes in the air. U.S.Pool/ F.Keystome 1.2. SG.' Handwritten on reverse: '3/11/44.' Reference: "" Mighty Eighth War Diary"" By Roger A. Freeman. Page 133."

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. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 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...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

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Aircraft

  • 41-24147 The Duchess - Evelyn

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, The Duchess, was in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 330th Bombing Squadron in Britain. - Transferred temporarily (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to bomb the oil refineries...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2021 09:34:43 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

B-24 - Best Web

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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