FRE 1197

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Lieutenant Richard H Lightfine, a pilot of the 323rd Bomb Group wrestles with his mascot "Trea" in front of his B-26 Marauder. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Not to be published .' [stamp], 'Ministry of Information 24 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '276116.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'One of the fastest and best-protected medium bombers in use-fitted with two 2000 H.P. engines and heavily armoured-the B-26, known as the Marauder,is now operating from this country. Associated Press Photo shows 2nd Lieut. Richard. H . Lightfine of Garden City N.Y. with the Marauder pilots mascot, "Trea", the Great Dane who accompanies them all on practice missions.'

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Units

Private First Class Barbara O'Brien of the Womens Army Corps, paints the nose of a B-26 Marauder (YU-Y. serial number 41-34982) nicknamed "Jolly Roger" of the 323rd Bomb Group. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publcation 4 Dec 1943.' [stamp] and '295589.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'W.A.C.S. on duty at a Bomber Station. Associated Press Photo shows:- Pfc: Barbara O'Brien painting the Jolly Roger on the nose of a Marauder with the crew looking on.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

Lieutenant Richard H Lightning, a pilot of the 323rd Bomb Group wrestles with his mascot "Trea" in front of his B-26 Marauder. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Not to be published .' [stamp], 'Ministry of Information 24 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '276116.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'One of the fastest and best-protected medium bombers in use-fitted with two 2000 H.P. engines and heavily armoured-the B-26, known as the Marauder,is now operating from this country. Associate
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Mascot
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 454th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: Flight Surgeon/Pet
Second Lieutenant Richard H. Lightfine of the 323rd Bomb Group with a "Trea" a dog mascot in the cockpit of a B-26 Marauder, 24 July 1943. Not To Be Published 24 Jul 1943, Passed for publication 10 Aug 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Fastest Medium Bomber In Use Now Operating From This Country. One of the fastest and best-proteted medium bombers in use - fitted with two 2,000 h.p. engines and heavily-armoured - the B-26, known as the Marauder, is now operating from this country. Associated Press Photo
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 454th Bomb Squadron 455th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12052529
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

Lieutenant Richard H Lightning, a pilot of the 323rd Bomb Group wrestles with his mascot "Trea" in front of his B-26 Marauder. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Not to be published .' [stamp], 'Ministry of Information 24 Jul 1943.' [stamp] and '276116.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'One of the fastest and best-protected medium bombers in use-fitted with two 2000 H.P. engines and heavily armoured-the B-26, known as the Marauder,is now operating from this country. Associate
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Flounder Gus
  • Unit: 323rd Bomb Group 454th Bomb Squadron

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Revisions

Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
ContributorLucy May
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Changed name of the pilot in the caption.

Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47
ContributorJMF
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JMF

Date: 8 Sep 2014 15:23:49
ContributorAAM
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IWM, Roger Freeman Collection