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Colonel Maurice A. Preston talks to a bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group, led by Major William C Sipes, after a mission in their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Ragin' Red", 1 Jan 1944.
Passed for publication 1 Jan 1944.
Printed caption on reverse: 'Photo Shows:- Colonel Maurice A. Preston, of Tulare, California, C.O. of the bomb group, on left, greeting the leader of the group, Major William C. Sipes, of Tuscan, Arizona (third from right) and other members of his crew after the mission. On right, Major Ralph E. Wise, of Rochester, Minnesota, the flight-surgeon who accompanied the crew as observer; third from left, Captain Frank N. Ashley, of St. Paul, Minnesota, co-pilot; second from left, Lt. Charles A. Moore, of Lewisville, Texas, tail gunner; and Captain Joseph G. Wall, of Lynn, Mass., navigator, and Captain Edwin H. Millson, of Seattle, Washington, bombardier. And. January 1st, 1944. PN.' Censor no: 298289. On reverse: Planet News and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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Colonel Maurice A. Preston talks to a bomber crew of the 379th Bomb Group, led by Major William C Sipes, after a mission in their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Ragin' Red", 1 Jan 1944. Passed for publication 1 Jan 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'Photo Shows:- Colonel Maurice A. Preston, of Tulare, California, C.O. of the bomb group, on left, greeting the leader of the group, Major William C. Sipes, of Tuscan, Arizona (third from right) and other members of his crew after the mission. On right, Major Ralph E. Wise, of Rochester, Minnesota, the flight-surgeon who accompanied the crew as observer; third from left, Captain Frank N. Ashley, of St. Paul, Minnesota, co-pilot; second from left, Lt. Charles A. Moore, of Lewisville, Texas, tail gunner; and Captain Joseph G. Wall, of Lynn, Mass., navigator, and Captain Edwin H. Millson, of Seattle, Washington, bombardier. And. January 1st, 1944. PN.' Censor no: 298289. On reverse: Planet News and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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

  • Frank Ashley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Edwin Millson

    Military | Colonel | B-17 Squadron Bombardier
    Bombardier for Lew Lyles on unit's 300th mission.

  • 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

  • William Sipes

    Military | Colonel | Operations Officer; Commanding Officer
    Commanding Officer 526th Bombardment Squadron,379th Bombardment Group from 29 May 1943 to April 1944. ...

  • Ralph Wise

    Military | Major | Group Surgeon

Locations

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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