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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

War Cartoonist Captain Bairnsfather paints his character "Old Bill" onto the wall of the Red Cross section at the 305th Bomb Group base at Chelveston.

Official caption on image: "(GPR6-1-305) (19-1-43) (Mural, Red Cross - Bairnsfather.)"

Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Bairnsfather @ Chelveston.'



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Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:46:39 AAM AAM ingest

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