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

Injured Staff Sergeant Roland E. "Lefty" Nairn, a togglier of the 95th Bomb Group, waits to return to the United States aboard Army Hospital ship USAHS CHARLES A. STAFFORD. Nairn has written on reverse: 'R E "Lefty" NAIRN togglier- gunner+armourer. B17-G 336 sqdn 95 BGp- Horham. Wounded March 21, 1945 over Handorf, Germany. Taken as I was being placed aboard the USS STAFFORD[sic], Army Hospital Ship in May 45. Arrived NY City, NY Harbour on Memorial Day 1946[sic]. lt looks like the conveyance I was on was left over from WW1. Lefty.' Nairn has written on reverse of a duplicate print: 'S/Sgt R.E "Lefty" Nairn being transported home . I believe this was taken on the docks at Liverpool. This was one of the mysteries of the military - If you wanted to ensure yourself of a quick air flight home, become a volley-ball, Jeep or bicycle accident victim. For the slow bumpy ride home become a combat casualty. Lefty Nairn. Yes I was left handed. PS. German intelligence knew everything !!!'



  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...


  • Roland Nairn

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Togglier
    Assigned to 336BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Staff Sergeant Roland Nairn flew as a togglier in B-17 bomber crews of the 95th Bomb Group. The job of the togglier was to arm and release the bombs over the intended target on each mission. ...


  • Liverpool

    Military site : non-airfield
    A depot for materiel shipped from the United States - known as an 'Intransit Depot'. Exact location unknown.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:28:26 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection