IWM catalogue record
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The bomb dump of the 94th Bomb Group. Technical Sergeant Santing Pagicca (holding the axe) from Malden, Massachusetts, is chopping the paper bands used to keep the bombs safe during delivery from the factory to the base. Image stamped on reverse: 'passed for publication 11 Dec 1943'[stamp]. 'Associated Press .' [stamp] and '296506.' [Censor no] Printed caption on reverse: 'ORDNANCE SECTION OF A U.S. AIR BASE Associated Press Photo Shows:- T/Sgt Santing Pagicca, Malden, Mass.; uses an axe to cut the paper shipping bands that protects the bombs during shipment from factories in the U.S. These 500-pound bombs have just been unloaded into a revetment on the bomb dump near this bomber base. IRV263175 131243.'
Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...