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Sergeant Gerald Farley, of Syracuse, New York, chief clerk of the 385th Bomb Group passes a message to Major James H. Lewis.

A censor has obscured some of the documents pinned to the board in the background. Image stamped on reverse; ‘Keystone Press.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 10 Oct 1943.’ [stamp] and ‘287573.’ [Censor no.]

Printed caption on reverse: 'SERIES OF PICTURES OF THE INTELLEGENCE SECTION OF A FORTRESS GROUP BEFORE A RAID. Picture shows: Master Sgt. Gerald Farley Syracuse, New York, chief clark of the group intelligence section, hands the just received message about "alert for mission" to the group S-2 officer, Major James H Lewis, Boston, Mass.- Major James Lewis was in combat engineers in the First World War and was cited and decorated seven times. US Pool/ SG/ H. Keystone.'

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Sergeant Gerald Farley Syracuse, chief clark of the 385th Bomb Group passes a message to Major James H. Lewis. A censor has obscured some of the documents pinned to the board in the background. Image stamped on reverse; ‘Keystone Press.’ [stamp], ‘Passed for Publication 10 Oct 1943.’ [stamp] and ‘287573.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'SERIES OF PICTURES OF THE INTELLEGENCE SECTION OF A FORTRESS GROUP BEFORE A RAID. Picture shows: Master Sgt. Gerald Farley Syracuse, New York, chief clark of the group intelligence section, hands the just received message about "alert for mission" to the group 3-2 officer, Major James H Lewis, Boston, Mass.- Major James Lewis was in combat engineers in the First World War and was cited and decorated seven times. US Pool/ SG/ H. Keystone.'

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Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

People

  • James Lewis

    Military | Major | S-2 Intelligence Officer
    Major James H Lewis, Boston, Mass.- Major James Lewis was a combat engineer in the First World War and was cited and decorated seven times. Lewis reenlisted during WW2 and became S2 intelligence officer with the 385th Bomb Group before replacing Lt Col...

Locations

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2016 18:59:04 Justyn Keeble Changes to caption
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Corrected caption information from "3-2" to S-2, the staff designation for Intelligence Officer.

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2016 18:47:27 Justyn Keeble Changes to person associations
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IWM

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2015 13:03:27 Lucy May Changes to caption
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Corrected typos in caption.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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