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"Not many pictures like this one come out of the war. You are looking out of an American Flying Fortress at a Nazi Messerschmidt 410 less than 25 feet off the bomber's wing, just as the fighter pulls away to start its dive. The photograph was taken by Sgt Victor A Labruno 22, 419 2nd St Jersey City NY while he was flying as a combat aerial photographer during a US army 8th AF attack on the synthetic oil plants at Brux, near the border of Czechoslovakia. As more than 100 German fighters attacked the formation of Flying Fortress. Sgt LaBruno crouched in the radio room of the Boeing B-17 'Lady Godiva' and caught this unusually near shot of a Nazi fighter. In civilian life, Sgt LaBruno was a photographer in NY City."



  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron


  • Eugene Crossin

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Mission to Brux, Czech 12-May-44 in B-17 42-97184 'Lady Godiva', attacked by Me410 'Black 13' of of II./ZG26 piloted by Lt Paul Kaschuba. T/Sgt Crossin got hits on the target from his top turret as 'Black 13' banked...

  • Victor La Bruno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographer
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 42-97184 'Lady Godiva'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/2/44; Gr Island 19/2/44; Presque Is 12/3/44; Assigned 562BS/388BG [K] Knettishall 11/3/44; with Bob Scales, Co-pilot: Frank Spangenberg, Navigator: Delmar E Linder, Bombardier: Howard Rohman, Waist gunner: George W Whetstone (5RTD,...


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02 April 2018 15:00:02 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations