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Lieutenant Raymond Fordyce and Technical Sergeant Homer L Jones of the 385th Bomb Group inspect intelligence photographs from a mission. Image stamped on reverse; ‘Keystone Press.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 15 Nov 1943.’ [stamp] and ‘292889.’ [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: After being developed, the films are hurriedly dried, and brought to inspection room for classification by Lt Fordyce and T/Sgt Homer L Jones, of White House, Tenn.'



  • 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...

  • 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron


  • Raymond Fordyce

    Military | Second Lieutenant
    Assigned to 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Homer Jones

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Photographic Laboratory Technician
    As wife of Homer, I heard many stories of the 8th Air Force. He only went on a few missions; he was then told he was too valuable in the lab where he developed and processed the films of the bombings of Germany. The end of the lab was blown away by...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:51 AAM AAM ingest

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