IWM catalogue record
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Airmen of the 386th Bomb Group are briefed for a mission. A censor has obscured the maps in the background. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication.' [stamp] and '285971.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'AMERICA'S "RED DEVIL" [a censor has omitted 'Red Devil'] FLYERS. USP/2247-19. Airmen anxious for action are briefed for a bombing mission. Crews are given complete instructions regarding the plan of flight, enemy defences and the target, by Intelligence and Operations. The weather officer gives them the scope on weather over the target and communications furnishes them data on codes and signals. They are going after an important power station at the Chemical Plant of Mazingarbe in enemy occupied France and Colonel Naitland will lead the thirty-six ship formation.'
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...