FRE 8791


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Ground personnel work on the engines of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-3279) of the 376th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. Printed caption on reverse: '52490 AC- Nearing Completion. Air Service Command Technicians have but to install the 1 engine and their job is done on this B-24 Liberator that crash-landed recently on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Italy after being severely damaged by enemy fire whilst on a mission. Note the hastily-constructed runway which is to serve for the take-off of the giant bomber from the sandy wastes. US Air Force Photo.'


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  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Second World War formation badge for the United States 15th Air Force (United States Army Air Force). The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved by the US Quartermaster General on 19 February 1944. Formation note: the 15th Air Force (US Army Air Force, Fifteenth Air Force) was formed on 1 November 1943 at Tunis in North Africa and moved to Italy on 1 December. The Force was disbanded on 15 September 1945 having participated in twelve campaigns.© IWM (INS 7304)
  • Unit Hierarchy: Headquarters
  • Air Force: Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Combat organisation


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