FRE 1075


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Private First Class Monroe Klein and his colleagues of the 303rd Bomb Group play a game of cards by the tail of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-29606) nicknamed "Butch (Toots)". Image stamped on reverse: ‘Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 21 Apr 1943. [stamp] and ‘259803.’ [Censor no.] Printed Caption on reverse: ''Round the clock with a G.I. PFC Monroe Klein is a private in the United States Army Air Force. Known to all and sundry as a G.I. (General Issue), a private seems to be one of those people everybody takes for granted without realizing the value of the work done by them. PFC Monroe Klein is at a bomber station in Britain. He works all day "on the line", i.e. at dispersal points on the 'drome servicing aircraft which bomb the enemy and this can be a mighty cold job when the weather is rough. His home is 1275 Boscoble Ave , Bronx, N.Y. City, where his parents, Mr and Mrs Klein still live. 20 year old, still single, he was educated at Haaren Aviation High School. He tried a spot of work as a stock clerk, and then joined up, as he has now been in the Army two years. Unfortunately he does not get much time to practice his hobby, which is building model aeroplanes. British hospitality has made him think its pretty swell over here. He has spent several leaves in British homes, to which he was invited. 2nd Lt Morton Hoffman, his cousin is in the U S Army over here, and Monroe has managed to contact him and see him occasionally. Now for 'HIS DAY' - which starts at the crack of dawn: O.P.S. Back 'on the line' with time to spare, so a game of blackjack with his pals passes the time.‘


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Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


Private First Class Monroe Klein, of the 303rd Bomb Group, with his bicycle. Image stamped on reverse: ‘Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 28 Jan 1943. [stamp] and ‘245698.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: ''PFC. Monroe Klein, of 265 McClellan St. Bronx, N.Y., is ready for a spin on his bicycle. He is serving with the U.S.A Air Corps in Britain, and is 20 years of age. He sends his love to his parents, Mr and Mrs Klein, at the above address. Pte Klein was e
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Airplane Mechanic


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron


Date: 8 Sep 2014 15:28:28

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection