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Lieutenant Lester A. Gibson, Colonel Maurice A. Preston and Major Otis E Parks of the 379th Bomb Group enjoy a meal after returning from a mission.
Handwritten caption on reverse: '47.'. Censor no: 298752. On reverse: Associated Press [Stamp].

Printed caption on reverse: 'THE LEADERS TALK IT OVER. Associated Press Photo Shows: The leaders of yesterday's ( January 4) raid on Germany - Berlin Radio said that Kiel was the target - Exchange experiences as they enjoy a hot meal on their return. They are (Left to Right): Lt Lester A. Gibson, tailgunner and observer in lead plane over the target, of 8214 Tumet St., Detroit, Mich; Col. Maurice A. Preston, Pilot and C.O. of the lead ship of the combat wing, of Tulare, Calif., and Major Otis E. Parks, of 1225 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta, Georgia, who led the low group of the combat wing which was first over the target. Col. Preston Flew the ship, "RAGIN RED II" and Major Parks the "Stump Jumper". IRV 263666 5144Y.' [ caption].

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Lieutenant Lester A. Gibson, Colonle Maurice A. Preston and Major Otis E Parks of the 379th Bomb Group enjoy a meal after returning from a mission. Handwritten caption on reverse: '47.' . Censor no: 298752. On reverse: Associated Press [Stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'THE LEADERS TALK IT OVER. Associated Press Photo Shows: The leaders of yesterday's ( January 4) raid on Germany - Berlin Radio said that Kiel was the target - Exchange experiences as they enjoy a hot meal on their return. They are (Left to Right): Lt Lester A. Gibson, tailgunner and observer in lead plane over the target, of 8214 Tumet St., Detroit, Mich; Col. Maurice A. Preston, Pilot and C.O. of the lead ship of the combat wing, of Tulare, Calif., and Major Otis E. Parks, of 1225 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta, Georgia, who led the low group of the combat wing which was first over the target. Col. Preston Flew the ship, "RAGIN RED II"and Major Parks the "Stump Jumper". IRV 263666 5144Y.' [ caption].

Connections

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    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...

People

  • Lester Gibson

    Military | Captain | Pilot; Flight commander
    Upon landing after a practice formation flight on 2 Feb 1944, the landing gear of B-17G #42-38036 collapsed due to a tire blowing out. RTD.

  • Oattis Parks

    Military | Major | Squadron Commander

  • Maurice Preston

    Military | General | Commanding Officer
    First Commander of the 379th BG Silver Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2018 20:26:17 WD-C Mustang Changes to caption
Sources

Corrected the spelling of 'colonel'

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2018 14:13:13 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations
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Added connection to airman's record

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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