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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Staff Sergeant William Accoo of the 15th Air Force cleans a P-51 Mustang. Printed caption on reverse is damage: 'BIPPA, EA 35888. U.S. Mustang Flyers At Italian Base. Staff Sergeant William Accoo of Salen[sic], New Jersey, crew chief in a Negro group of the 15th U.S. Air Force, washes down the PP-51 Mustang fighter plane of his pilot with soap and water... to give it more speed. Mediterranean... Forces Photo PRO-HQ-44-2384. Serviced... London OWI (Inner... Certified... Passed by SHAEF Censor....' Printed caption also attached to reverse: '(CCU Photo). Competition is great among individual crew chiefs of the all Negro P-51 Mustang Fighter Group of the 15th Air Force in Italy, and it's never more evident than in this picture which shows S/Sgt. Wm. Accoo, 358 Keasby St., Salem, N.J., washing his plane down with soap and water. After this he will wax it.' On reverse: Mediterranean Allied Air Forces Photo and Crown Copyright [Stamps].



  • Fifteenth Air Force

    Fifteenth Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...


  • William Accoo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief
    William Accoo fought with distinction for the 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron during its World War II campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. For his service he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in 2007 by Congressman...


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

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