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The crew of B-24D Liberator (41-23717) nicknamed "Exterminator" of the 93rd Bomb Group, don their high altitude flight gear before a mission. 3 April 1943. In the centre is the pilot, 1st Lt. Hugh Roper, and gunner Earl Lemoine.

Image via BL Davies

Image stamped on reverse: 'passed for publication 20 Apr 1943[stamp] . 'Return to P.I.D'[stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'ETO HD 43 2859 Moore 8 Apr 43. The martian appearance of these clothes give these combat flyers an even grimmer appearance. Climbing into high altitude uniforms are the crew of a Liberator just about to leave its station in England for another mission over enemy territory.' Handwritten caption on reverse: '2508/RF 93 BG air crew suiting for mission.'

IWM catalogue record

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

A bomber crew of the 93rd Bomb Group don their flight gear before a mission, flying a B-24 Liberator (41-23717) nicknamed "Exterminator". 3 April 1943. Image via BL Davies Image stamped on reverse: 'passed for publication 20 Apr 1943[stamp] . 'Return to P.I.D'[stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'ETO HD 43 2859 Moore 8 Apr 43. The martian appearance of these clothes give these combat flyers an even grimmer appearance. Climbing into high altitude uniforms are the crew of a Liberator just about to leave its station in England for another mission over enemy territory.' Handwritten caption on reverse: '2508/RF 93 BG air crew suiting for mission.'

Connections

Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

People

  • Earl Lemoine

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8/1/43 while on TDY to 9thAF for Ploesti raid in B-24 'Exterminator' 41-23717

  • Hugh Roper

    Military | First Lieutenant | B-24 command Pilot
    1st Lt. Hugh R. Roper was a B-24D bomber pilot from the 93rd Bomb Group, on TDY to the 9th Air Force in the MTO in 1943. He was killed in action (KIA) on the Ploesti bombing mission in the B-24D, 41-23717, EXTERMINATOR. 1 Aug 43.

Aircraft

  • 41-23717 Exterminator

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, Exterminator, serial number 41-23717, originally flew with the 329th Bomb Squadron of the 93rd Bomb Group and was later transferred to the 93rd's 330th Bomb Squadron, in March 1943. The first mission with the 330th Bomb Squadron...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 August 2021 07:46:15 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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The Great Ground-Air Battle Of 1 August 1943 - James Dugan & Carroll Stewart

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 11:43:36 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption
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Removed biographical detail of airmen which should be entered in their person record.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 20:45:01 patootie Changes to caption
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from findagrave website

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 20:39:48 patootie Changes to caption
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from findagrave website

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2017 17:27:44 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/48253723

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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