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Major George A Lawson congratulates his colleague of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group , Lieutenant Robert R Smith, after his first mission. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed by AAF STA 234. Not to be published.' [stamp]



  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...


  • George Lawson

    Military | Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer
    3rd youngest Combat Commander of a Group in WWII at age 25 years. Advanced from Aviation Cadet to Lt. Col from 14 February 1942 to 8 February 1944--6 days less than 2 yrs. A record for Flying School Class - 42 B ...

  • Robert Smith

    Military | Major | Pilot/Squadron Commander


  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 16:46:12 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:12 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection