Second Lieutenant Edward J. Hennessy Jr., of the 303rd Bomb Group, plays darts. Image stamped on reverse: ‘Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 16 Dec 1942. [stamp] and ‘238785.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Dozens of Americans serving in Britain are learning the traditional British game of darts. Among them is Second Lieutenant Edward J. Hennessy, Jr., of the U.S. Air Corps, who before enlisting lived with his parents at 6848 Constance Avenue, Chicago. He was educated at Notre Dame and at the age of 25 is engaged to Virginia Robinson of 1526 Washington Street, Evanston, Ill. O.P.S. Lt. Hennessy pulls a dart out of a board.'
Reported to the ETO on 17 Jul 1942. Completed 25 missions on 29 May 1943 as a Flight Commander. Came over as a copilot, but became 1st pilot in Nov. 1942. He flew the first Germany mission to Wilhelmshaven on 27 January 1943. He was considered the first pilot to fly 25 assigned missions without aborting any. His plane name was 'Little Audrey'. Hennessy flew the first 306th Bombing mission, 09 October 1942, as a copilot and then four more until he took over his own crew in January of 1943. He was one of only 21. 6% of the original 306th airmen to survive 25 missions.
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Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
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