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"'Liberator's Travelling Circus - 'Travelling Circus' has become the nick name of the American Liberators on shuttle service. One day they may start from N. African bases, strike at objectives in Northern Italy and land in Britain. Another day they may bomb Germany and fly to Sicily to refuel. A great striking power is combined with high mobility. |The Liberators have to their credit such daring operations as the Ploetsi oil field raid or Wiener Neustadt raid. This series of pictures shows the life of the 'Travelling Circus', its Liberator bombers, flying men, ground crews, preparing and conducting operations - always swift, in force and containing elements of surprise for the enemy. Keystone photo shows: Cpl. Boyd B. Cooper, of Roger Springs, Tenn, and Pte. Charles L. Striegel, of Bethany, Okla, work on a Liberator engine which has had sand from the desert ground into its very innards. Sand found its way into everything. It is almost a miracle that ground crews performed in the desert in putting the Liberators in the sky day after day."

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Units

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...

People

  • Boyd Cooper

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 330BS, 98BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Charles Striegel

    Military | Corporal | Ground crew
    Assigned to 330BS, 98BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Aircraft

  • 41-24147 - The Duchess - Evelyn

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, The Duchess, was in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 330th Bombing Squadron in Britain. It was detached, transferred temporarily (TDY) to the 9th Air Force in North Africa and flew on Operation Tidal Wave to bomb the oil...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2021 21:12:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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