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Hollywood Actor Jimmy Stewart (Major James Stewart), Operations Officer of the 453rd Bomb Group, with bomber crew who and a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-52154) nicknamed "Male Call".

Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 10 Apr 1944.' [stamp] and '315152.' [Censor no.]
Printed caption on reverse: 'JIMMY STEWART- NOW OPERATIONS OFFICER. Major James M Stewart (Film star Jimmy Stewart) who has been on eleven raids over enemy territory- including one over Berlin when he led his Liberator Group - has now been appointed operations officer at the Liberator base at which he is stationed "somewhere in England". Associated Press Photo Shows: S/Sgt Keith M Dibble of Rixford, PA, Gunner, L/Lt Roger Counselman of Meadville, PA, Pilot, Major James M Stewart of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Operations Officer, S/Sgt Joseph T Fiorentino of Philadelphia, PA, gunner and 2/Lt AE Wilensky of Monessen, PA, Navigator. Major Stewart meets members of the crew "Male Call" on their return from a raid.'

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Hollywood Actor Jimmy Stewart (Major James Stewart), Operations Officer of the 453rd Bomb Group, with bomber crew who and a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-52154) nicknamed "Male Call". Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 10 Apr 1944.' [stamp] and '315152.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'JIMMY STEWART- NOW OPERATIONS OFFICER. Major James M Stewart (Film star Jimmy Stewart) who has been on eleven raids over enemy territory- including one over Berlin when he led his Liberator Group- has now been appointed operations officer at the Liberator base at which he is stationed "somewhere in England". Associated Press Photo Shows: S/Sgt Keith M Dibble of Rixford, PA, Gunner, L/Lt Roger Counselman of Meadville, PA, Pilot, Major James M Stewart of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Operations Officer, S/Sgt Joseph T Fiorentino of Philadelphia, PA, gunner and 2/Lt AE Wilensky of Monessen, PA, Navigator. Major Stewart meets members of the crew "Male Call" on their return from a raid.'

Connections

Units

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    Group
    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

People

  • Roger Counselman

    Military | Captain | Bomber pilot / Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF Co-pilot B-24 42-52154 'Male Call'. Transferred to 2SF, 355FG, 8AF USAAF, flew P-51D 'June Bug'. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Keith Dibble

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner

  • Joseph Fiorentino

    Military | Sergeant | Nose Gunner

  • James Stewart

    Military | Brigadier General | Aircraft Commander; Operations Officer; Chief of Staff
    Hollywood screen actor James Stewart interrupted his successful film career to join the Air Corps in 1941. Aware of publicity value for the war effort, the US authorities tried to stifle Stewart's desire to fly combat missions and assigned him to a...

  • Abraham Wilensky

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Went down on mission #20 on May 8, 1944. Plane was B-24 #4252298 'Choo Choo Baby'. Spent the next years in three German Prisoner of War (POW) camps. Started with Stalag Luft III, where the 'Great Escape' took place. On Jan 27, 1945 we started on a ...

Locations

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2018 16:08:01 Lucy May Changes to caption, person associations and place associations
Sources

Added connections to airmen's records from biographical information.

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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