Brigadier-General Newton Longfellow and Lieutenant Robert L Riordan of the 306th Bomb Group, show King George VI part of a damaged B-17 Flying Fortress during a royal visit. Passed as censored 18 Nov 1942. Handwritten caption on reverse of print: 'ETO HQ - 42-1552.' Printed caption on reverse: 'ETO-HQ-42-1552. Nov. 14, 42. Lt. James M. Hair [sic], Gatesville, Texas showing H.M. King George VI a part of his Flying Fortress, damaged by a flak during raid over axis territory. Brig. Gen. Newton Longfellow looks on. [Censor has struck out - Thurleigh,] England.' On reverse: Ministry of Information, Unofficially Approved (As Cut), US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].
Brigadier-General Newton Longfellow and Lieutenant Robert L Riordan of the 306th Bomb Group, show King George VI part of a damaged B-17 Flying Fortress during a royal visit. Image stamped on reverse: 'British Official Photo.' [stamp] Printed caption on reverse: 'US PILOT TELLS THE KING OF EXPLOIT IN DAMAGED "FORTRESS BOMBER" 1st Lieut robert L Riordan of Houston, Texas, left, telling his Majesty how he brought his damaged Flying Fortress home after a recent daylight raid over europe. The damage seen here is but one of the many wounds suffered by this US Eighth Air Force Bomber- one motor was useless, radio smashed, rudder controls barely functioning, 16 Square feet of metal was torn out of the waist, port wing tip dangling, one tail gun wrecked and rear landing wheels tyre was shot to ribbons. 171142.'
King George VI meets Major General Carl Spaatz, Major General Ira Eaker and General Newton Longfellow at Huntingdon. Image stamped on reverse: 'Unofficially Approved.' [stamp], 'Confidential.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 14 Nov 1942.' [stamp] and '233091.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'ET-HQ-42-1548, Nov 14-42. For purpose of first visit to US Bomber forces somewhere in Engl., His Majesty King George VI is met (l to r) by Major Gen Carl A Spaatz, CGUS Bomber Com, ETo, Major Gen Ira Eaker, Com. of Bomber Com. And Brig Gen Newton Longfellow. Huntingdon Station, Huntingdon, Engl [obscured by censor].'
Formerly command pilot. CG VIIIBC 2 December 1942 to 30 June 1943. Retired 31 January 1950.
B-17 Flying Fortress
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