FRE 7789

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Colonel Lester J Maitland, commanding officer of the 386th Bomb Group, in his office. A censor has obscured the insignia behind him. Passed as censored 30 Sep 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'At Boxted, Aug 1943. Col L.J. Maitland.' Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICA'S "RED DEVIL" [a censor has omitted 'Red Devil']FLYERS. USP/2247-1. Colonel Lester J. Maitland, Commander of the "Red Devils"[obscured] Marauder Group. He is extremely proud of his group and the record it has set, with no operational losses in more than 15,000 hours of flying.' Censor no: 285954. On reverse: Keystone Press Agency, Ministry of Information, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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Units

Lieutenant James T. Wilson and Lieutenant Robert J. Owen of the 386th Bomb Group in the cockpit of their B-26 Marauder. Image stamped on reverse: 'Not to be published.' [stamp], 'Ministry of Information 19 Aug 1943.' [stamp] nand '279545.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AT THE US MARAUDERS BASE. The B-26 Marauders, American super medium bombers are operating now from bases in Britain. This series of pictures shows various scenes at the airfield where the ground crew and the fliers work together
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

Colonel Lester J Maitland, commanding officer of the 386th Bomb Group, in his office. A censor has obscured the insignia behind him. Passed as censored 30 Sep 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'At Boxted, Aug 1943. Col L.J. Maitland.' Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICA'S "RED DEVIL" [a censor has omitted 'Red Devil']FLYERS. USP/2247-1. Colonel Lester J. Maitland, Commander of the "Red Devils"[obscured] Marauder Group. He is extremely proud of his group and the record it has set, with no operational
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Commanding Officer

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Revisions

Date: 2 Feb 2015 10:00:12
ContributorAAM
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection