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Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Witty (fourth from the left with a map) gives a last minute briefing to Major Maxwell and his crew before they get in their aircraft, a 496th Bomb Squadron, 344th Bomb Group B-26 Marauder (N3-A, serial number 42-95870) nicknamed "Maxwell House" in the background. Passed for publication 13 Apr 1944.

Handwritten caption on reverse: '"Maxwell House", Maj. Maxwell & Lt. Col Robert Witty (4th left with map). 344th BG, 496th BS. Stansted 1944.'
Printed caption on reverse: 'A U.S. Ninth Air Force Marauder Station, England. Associated Press Photo Shows:- With a stack of 1,000 lb. bombs in the foreground and their ship in the background, crew members of Major Maxwell's ship "Maxwell House" listen to last minute instructions from Lt. Col. Robert Witty (fourth from left with map) before getting aboard their 'plane. CAR 13. 12-4-44-EM.' Censor no: 315579. On reverse: US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Witty (fourth from the left with a map) gives a last minute briefing to Major Maxwell and his crew before they get in their aircraft, a 496th Bomb Squadron, 344th Bomb Group B-26 Marauder (N3-A, serial number 42-95870) nicknamed "Maxwell House" in the background. Passed for publication 13 Apr 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '"Maxwell House", Maj. Maxwell & Lt. Col Robert Witty (4th left with map). 344th BG, 496th BS. Stansted 1944.' Printed caption on reverse: 'A U.S. Ninth Air Force Marauder Station, England. Associated Press Photo Shows:- With a stack of 1,000 lb. bombs in the foreground and their ship in the background, crew members of Major Maxwell's ship "Maxwell House" listen to last minute instructions from Lt. Col. Robert Witty (fourth from left with map) before getting aboard their 'plane. CAR 13. 12-4-44-EM.' Censor no: 315579. On reverse: US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

Connections

Units

People

  • Jewell Maxwell

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Commanding Officer

Aircraft

  • 42-95870 Maxwell House - Good to the Last Drop

    B-26 Marauder
    42-95870 was the personal Marauder of Col. Jewell C. Maxwell. Lost on the 20 April 1944 mission to bomb the V-weapon site at Ferme-Notre-Dame, near Muncq, Pas-de-Calais, France. ...

Locations

  • Stansted Mountfitchet

    Military site : airfield
    Today, Stansted is one of the busiest airports in Britain. During the Second World War, instead of airliners delivering passengers, Stansted Moutfitchet’s aircrews in their B-26 Marauders attacked Nazi targets, paving the way for D-Day and the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2017 14:20:42 Lucy May Changes to caption and place associations
Sources

Added connection to airfield record.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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