Personnel of the 306th Bomb Group burn missions into the ceiling of a hut. Image stamped on reverse: '314200.' [Censor no.], 'Passed for publication 30 March 1944.' [stamp] Printed caption on reverse: '8th USAAF facility visit. When the crews of a Fortress Bomber Group stationed somewhere in England go on a raid the place and date is recorded with candle smoke on the ceiling of the officers' mess. One of the pilots taking part in the raid is hoisted on the shoulders of two senior officers and with a lighted candle records the raid and date. The ceiling is now a mass of candle smoke as this group has been here since 1942. The Colonel and Major of the Squadron hoist the Lieutenant on their shoulders whilst he marks this raid with a lighted candle. Left is Col. George R. Buckey and right Maj. Richard E. Walck, and on their shoulders is 1st Lt. John Stolz, and the recording is Berlin. 29 March 1944.' Col. George L. Robinson of Los Angeles, CO of this station, plans to remove the ceiling at the end of the war and present it to the Smithsonian Institute of Washington DC. The Americans are continuing this marking of the ceiling which was started by the RAF immediately after the first 1000 bomber raid on Germany and they are keeping up the good work first introduced by a Polish Squadron of the RAF. The ceiling is rapidly becoming full." (Passed for publication - General Section, Press & Censorship Bureau, 5 April 1944)
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This image appears in Roger Freeman "The Mighty Eighth War Manual" p.33
Amended spelling of 'smpke' to 'smoke'.
IWM, Roger Freeman Collection