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Personnel of the 97th Bomb Group gather to greet a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber crew who have returned from a raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 18 Aug 1942' [stamp] and '216133'[Censor no]. Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S. FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT Associated press photo shows: Ground crews and officers, full of excitement, gather round the briefing room to greet the crews after their interrogation. ARp/ROB 249447/8 I8842'



  • 97th Bomb Group

    97th Bomb Group

    The 97th Bomb Group flew the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber mission from the UK when they bombed a marshalling yard at Rouen on 17 August 1942. Just a month later though the Group were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and left England for the...


  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 00:43:18 Paul Bellamy Changes to caption and place associations

Image shows the Watch Office and Briefing Room at Grafton Underwood.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:17:35 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection