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Technical Sergeant John P. Spottiswoode and Staff Sergeant Joseph R. Pakulski of the 386th Bomb Group load ammunition into the waist guns of their B-26 Marauder (RU-Q, serial number 41-34971) nicknamed "Pay Off".

Passed as censored 30 Sep 1943, Passed for publication 2 Oct 1943.

Handwritten caption on reverse: '386BG/554BS. RU:Q, 134971 (lost 8/43). "Pay-Off". T/Sgt John E. Spottiswoode R/G, S.Sgt, Joseph R. Pakulski, E/G.'

Printed caption on reverse: 'America's "Red Devil" Flyers. USP/2247-18. Gunners do not leave the maintenance and servicing of the guns entirely to the ground crew. They know that the success of their missions and often their lives may depend on the proper functioning of their equipment when in combat. T/Sgt. John P. Spottiswoode, Radio-gunner from Everett, Mass., (left) and S/Sgt. Joseph R. Pakulski, Engineer-Gunner from Erie, Penn., help load a belt of 50 calibre ammunition into one of the waist guns on their ship "Pay Off", prior to a mission over enemy territory.' Censor no: 285970.

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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Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:11 AAM AAM ingest

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