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Sergeant Kosierowski, Sergeant Creegan and Sergeant Peek of the 385th Bomb Group load a camera into a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse; ‘Keystone Press.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 15 Nov 1943.’ [stamp] and ‘292891.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'FLYING FORTRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS. Without adequate photography, the fighting of this was by the Air Forces would be almost impossible. This is the story of how one Photo Unit on a Flying Fortress Station does its job of recording intelligence the bombing operations carried out by that station's heavy aircraft. The unit commanded by Lt Raymond Fordyce, of 3320, NW Fifth Ave, Miami, Florida, 26 year old former star athlete at Tampa University in Florida, includes aerial photographers who accompany the Forts on every mission and ground crewmen. US Pool/ SG/ Hel. Keystone. Photo shows: They load huge K-17 Aerial cameras in the ship shortly before take-off. Left to right: Sgt Kosierowski, Sgt Creegan and Sgt Peek.'



  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...


  • Frank Creegan

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer
    Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Anthony Kosierowski

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographer
    Assigned to 549BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Served in the European theatre with the 385BG from Jun-43 to Feb-45. During this time, he completed 33 combat missions, operating as a tail gunner and bomb assessment photographer flying in the famous B-17 bomber....

  • Clifford Peek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Photographer
    Assigned to 549BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Handorf in B-17 42-107135 'Homesick Angel' 15-Aug-44; shot down by flak and crashed at Ijsseler. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 7908 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.


Date Contributor Update
28 September 2021 15:36:04 Emily Changes to aircraft associations

Removed association to 42-31370. This image was published 15 November 1943, and as per aircraft biography 42-31370 was delivered to the 385th Bomb Group on 24 November 1943, at least 9 days after this image was taken.

Date Contributor Update
15 October 2019 17:18:37 william henry Changes to aircraft associations

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