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Second Lieutenant James H Montgomery Jr., a bombardier of the 303rd Bomb Group, writes down his details for the Current Affairs Photographer. Behind him with the newspaper is Group chaplain Edmund J Skoner.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and '257521.' [Censor no.]
Printed caption on revese: 'Holder of the Air Medal and 2 oak leaf clusters, 2nd Lieut. (bombardier) Jas. H. Montgomery, Jr, writes down personal particulars for our photographer at a British base. He has taken part in 13 raids on the enemy. Aged 21 and married, Montgomery comes from 320 Sth Broadway, Maud, Oklahoma, and was a student at the East Central State College, Ada, OK., before enlisting. U.70. Not to be published before 20th April 1943.'

IWM catalogue record

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

Second Lieutenant Jas H. Montgomery Jr., a bombardier of the 303rd Bomb Group, writes down his details for the Current Affairs Photographer. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and '257521.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on revese: 'Holder of the Air Medal and 2 oak leaf clusters, 2nd Lieut. (bombardier) Jas. H. Montgomery, Jr, writes down personal particulars for our photographer at a British base. He has taken part in 13 raids on the enemy. Aged 21 and married, Montgomery comes from 320 Sth Broadway, Maud, Oklahoma, and was a student at the East Central State College, Ada, OK., before enlisting. U.70. Not to be published before 20th April 1943.'

Connections

Units

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

People

  • James Montgomery

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down 22 June 1943 in B-17 #425432 'The Hunting Club'. Killed in Action (KIA). This was his 24th mission.

  • Edmund Skoner

    Military | Captain | Chaplain
    Chaplain of 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Duties included writing to family members of the deceased. One such instance regarded Sgt Sheppard Kerman, who crashed near Ohrum on a mission to Magdeburg 28 September 1944. In the second and third of four letters, dated...

Locations

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2017 11:01:51 Lucy May Changes to caption, person associations and place associations
Sources

Identified Edmund Skoner using another Freeman image: https://www.americanairmuseum.com/media/2212

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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