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Lieutenant Colonel Elliott Vandevanter of the 385th Bomb Group with Colonel Frederick W Castle of the 487th Bomb Group and Brigadier General Curtis A LeMay. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 13 Nov 1943.' [stamp] and '92902.' [censor no] Printed caption on reverse: '"BIG SHOTS" OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE. Photo shows: Lt Col Elliott Vandevanter Jr, Washington DC, youthful commander of a Flying Fortress group in England, col Frederick W Castle of Washing DC, and New York City, commander of another Fortress Group and Brig Gen Curtis A LeMay, Columbus, ohio, commander of a Bomb Divisionof the Eighth Air Force.' ( this photo has been uploaded in reverse...MPF)

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Lieutenant Colonel Elliott Vandevanter of the 385th Bomb Group with Colonel Frederick W Castle of the 487th Bomb Group and Brigadier General Curtis A LeMay. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 13 Nov 1943.' [stamp] and '92902.' [censor no] Printed caption on reverse: '"BIG SHOTS" OF THE EIGHTH AIR FORCE. Photo shows: Lt Col Elliott Vandevanter Jr, Washington DC, youthful commander of a Flying Fortress group in England, col Frederick W Castle of Washington DC, and New York City, commander of another Fortress Group and Brig Gen Curtis A LeMay, Columbus, ohio, commander of a Bomb Divisionof the Eighth Air Force.'

Connections

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 487th Bomb Group

    487th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 487th Bomb Group began operations as preparations for D-Day were reaching their crescendo and played their part by bombing airfields in northern France. Like the 486th Bomb Group, the 487th switched to B-17 Flying Fortress for missions from 1...

People

  • Frederick Castle

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer; Air Leader, Pilot
    Commanding Officer of 94th Bomb Group at Bury St. Edmunds from 19-Jun-43 to 16-Apr-44. Overseas with General Eaker's staff to organize 8th AF, February 1942. ...

  • Curtis LeMay

    Military | General | Commanding General
    306th Temporary Deputy Commander at Wendover, then transferred as Group Commander of 305th BG 4-Jun-42 to 15-May-43. ...

  • Elliott Vandevanter

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Brigadier General Elliott "Pete" Vandevanter Jr., was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1917. He is the son of the late Colonel Elliott Vandevanter, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army. Since his father's activities required frequent moves, he attended many grade...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2016 19:19:05 Justyn Keeble Changes to person associations
Sources

Connection made by Justyn Keeble

Date Contributor Update
30 January 2016 23:43:37 mpfaley Changes to caption
Sources

Michael P Faley- 100th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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