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Corporal Boyd B. Cooper, from Roger Springs, Tennessee, and Private Charles L. Striegel from Bethany, Oklahoma, both ground crew of the 93rd Bomb Group, prepare to fit an engine to a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24147) nicknamed "The Duchess". Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 4 Nov 1943.' [stamp] and '283881.' [censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Liberator's Travelling Circus - 'Travelling Circus' has become the nickname of the American Liberators on shuttle service. One day they may start from N. African bases, strike at objectives in Northern Italy and land in Britain. Another day they may bomb Germany and fly to Sicily to refuel. A great striking power is combined with high mobility. |The Liberators have to their credit such daring operations as the Ploesti oil field raid or Wiener Neustadt raid. This series of pictures shows the life of the 'Travelling Circus', its Liberator bombers, flying men, ground crews, preparing and conducting operations - always swift, in force and containing elements of surprise for the enemy. Keystone photo shows: Cpl. Boyd B. Cooper, of Roger Springs, Tenn, and Pte. Charles L. Striegel, of Bethany, Okla, work on a Liberator engine which has had sand from the desert ground into its very innards. Sand found its way into everything. It is almost a miracle that ground crews performed in the desert in putting the Liberators in the sky day after day.'

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Corporal Boyd B. Cooper, from Roger Springs, Tennessee, and Private Charles L. Striegel from Bethany, Oklahoma, both ground crew of the 93rd Bomb Group, prepare to fit an engine to a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-24147) nicknamed "The Duchess". Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 4 Nov 1943.' [stamp] and '283881.' [censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Liberator's Travelling Circus - 'Travelling Circus' has become the nick name of the American Liberators on shuttle service. One day they may start from N. African bases, strike at objectives in Northern Italy and land in Britain. Another day they may bomb Germany and fly to Sicily to refuel. A great striking power is combined with high mobility. |The Liberators have to their credit such daring operations as the Ploetsi oil field raid or Wiener Neustadt raid. This series of pictures shows the life of the 'Travelling Circus', its Liberator bombers, flying men, ground crews, preparing and conducting operations - always swift, in force and containing elements of surprise for the enemy. Keystone photo shows: Cpl. Boyd B. Cooper, of Roger Springs, Tenn, and Pte. Charles L. Striegel, of Bethany, Okla, work on a Liberator engine which has had sand from the desert ground into its very innards. Sand found its way into everything. It is almost a miricle that ground crews performed in the desert in putting the Liberators in the sky day after day.'

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

  • Boyd Cooper

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 330BS, 98BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Striegel

    Military | Corporal | Ground crew
    Assigned to 330BS, 98BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 41-24147 The Duchess - Evelyn

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, named, The Duchess, was in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 330th Bombing Squadron in Britain. - Transferred temporarily (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to bomb the oil refineries...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2020 11:42:28 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption
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Removed biographical detail of airman which should be entered in their person record.

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2020 20:49:11 patootie Changes to caption
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from findagrave website

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 08:38:33 general ira snapsorter Changes to caption
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Amended spelling.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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