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A bomber crew of the 386th Bomb Group with their B-26 Marauder ( serial number 41-31644) nicknamed "Crescendo". Image stamped on reverse: 'Not to be published.' [stamp], 'Ministry of Information 19 Aug 1943.' [stamp] nand '279543.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AT THE US MARAUDERS BASE. The B-26 Marauders, American super medium bombers are operating now from bases in Britain. This series of pictures shows various scenes at the airfield where the ground crew and the fliers work together to deliver heavy blows against German Airports and industrial targets. Already the German Fighters which have attempted to intercept the Marauders, have felt the deadly sting of their concentrated fire power and many crews are credited with a couple of Jerries. Keystone Photo Shows: Crew that shot down a couple of Jerries. Captain is explaining how it was done. L to R: Sgt William Harris, Baltimore, St Sgt, Samuel J Melancon (New Orleans, LA) St Sgt Norman L Bell, Warsaw, Indiana, Lt Fred A Meier, Sacramento, Cal. Capt Charles Thornton, Blum, Texas, Lt Gene Anderson, Orlando, Fla and Lt Theodore Lehman, Gray Oklahoma. US Pool/ F Keystone.'
The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...