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Lieutenant-Colonel Robert B Satterwhite of the 388th Bomb Group presents a plaque of behalf of the United States Eighth Air Force to the Mayor of Thetford, HR Watling, historian Professor Frank Dobie and Sir William Gentle to commemorate Thomas Paine. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 25 Oct 1943.' [stamp] and '289762.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICAN SERVICEMEN'S TRIBUTE TO TOM PAINE. A Plaque in memory of Thomas Paine, one of the founders of American independence and author of "The Rights of Man" was unveiled recently at his birthplace at Thetford. The plaque was purchased by American Servicemen in this country some of whom, fighting men of the 8th Air Force, have named a Flying Fortress in his honour. Associated Press Photo shows: Left to Right: The Mayor of Thetford, MR HW Watling, JP (Receiving the plaque); Professor Frank Dobie, professor of American History at Cambridge University and an authority of Thomas Paine; Alderman Sir William Gentle, of Thetford Council and Lt Col Robert B Satterwhite, of Sebring, Florida, who presented the plaque on behalf on the US 8th Air Force Group.'



  • 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. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...




Date Contributor Update
31 March 2015 10:15:00 rossingtonj Changes to caption and place associations

Not taken in Cambridge.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:56 AAM AAM ingest

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