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A bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group return to base after a raid on Kiel in their B-17 Flying Fortress. Identified are Major Marcus M Elliott with his back to camera, Lt. Col. Louis W. Rohr (centre), Col. Maurice A Preston (wearing overcoat).

Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 6 Jan 1944.' [stamp] ad '298987.' [Censor no.]

Printed caption on reverse: 'BACK FROM RAID IN KIEL. Ninety-five German fighters were shot down during heavy, widespread raids by Forts and Liberators yesterday, January 5, when the big bombers spread their blows from Kiel, on the Baltic to Bordeaux, near France's southern coast- 900 miles apart. Over Kiel, swarms of rocket firing planes met the big US bombers which attacked in clear visibility. The Germans hurriedly laid a smoke-screen in an effort to conceal the target, but the bombs were sunk squarely home, starting many fires and causing explosions. Associated Press Photo Shows: Lt. Col. Louis W. Rohr (centre wearing electrically heated monkey suit), of 844 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ, reports on the raid to Col. Maurice A Preston (wearing overcoat), of Tulare, Calif, base commander. "It was tough getting to the target, said Rohr, "But after we got our bombs away we stopped working for Uncle Sam and started working for ourselves- fighting off the Jerry fighters".'

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A bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group return to base after a raid on Kiel in their B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 6 Jan 1944.' [stamp] ad '298987.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'BACK FROM RAID IN KIEL. Ninety-five German fighters were shot down during heavy, widespread raids by Forts and Liberators yesterday, January 5, when the big bombers spread their blows from Kiel, on the Baltic to Bordeaux, near France's southern coast- 900 miles apart. Over Kiel, swarms of rocket firing planes met the big US bombers which attacked in clear visibility. The Germans hurriedly laid a smoke-screen in an effort to conceal the target, but the bombs were sunk squarely home, starting many fires and causing explosions. Associated Press Photo Shows: Lt. Col. Louis W. Rohr (centre wearing electrically heated monkey suit), of 844 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ, reports on the raid to Col. Maurice A Preston (wearing overcoat), of Tulare, Calif, base commander. "It was tough getting to the target, said Rohr, "But after we got our bombs away we stopped working for Uncle Sam and started working for ourselves- fighting off the Jerry fighters".'

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

  • Marcus Elliott

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot; Commanding Officer

  • 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

  • Louis Rohr

    Military | Colonel | Air Executive Officer
    Assigned to 524BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 34 x combat missions. ETD ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2018 14:09:15 Lucy May Changes to caption
Sources

Added ID of Elliott

Date Contributor Update
23 July 2015 16:17:44 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Associated to people entries as named in the image's caption.

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 09:59:56 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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