FRE 1471


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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.'


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The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Staff



Date: 5 Nov 2022 07:39:47

Not taken in Cambridge.

Date: 8 Sep 2014 15:23:56

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection