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Ground crewmen of the 379th Bomb Group gather around a stove in a tent near their B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed for publication 8 Jan 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '379.' Printed caption on reverse: '"Unsung Heroes Of The Air War". Working endless hours in all ki-[obscured] the ground crews of the big B-17 bombers get little cradit[sic] in the constant onslaught from the air on Hitler's European Fortress. Averaging 18 hours a day for many weeks at a time, they seldom get a chance to shave or wash. To be near their work they live in tents pitched near the parking area. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Grouped around the stove in their tent, with their "charge", a B-17 Fortress just visible through the door, are (left to right): M/Sgt. Kenneth Harrison, crew chief, of 734 Commercial St., Danville, Ill.; Pte. John E. Andress, of Greenville, Ala.; Cpl. Bruce Drynan, of 576 Hawthorne Ave., Elmhurst, Ill.; and Sgt. Frank Janish, of 421 Sycamore Street, Buffalo, N.U[sic]. IRV 263742. 8-1-44-Y.' Censor no: 299298. On reverse: Associated Press and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...


  • John Andress

    Military | Private First Class | Ground crew
    Assigned to 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Bruce Drynan

    Military | Corporal | Mechanic
    Assigned to 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Kenneth Harrison

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: LOM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Frank Janish

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:54 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection