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Sergeant Milton C Schwermer and Staff Sergeant Willis P Roy of the 390th Bomb Group pass their new dog mascot "Eager" through the waist gun position of their B-17 Flying Fortress to their fellow airman Sergeant Swen A Zetterberg.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 25 Aug 1943.' [stamp] and '280607.' [Censor no.]

Printed caption on reverse: 'REGENSBURG RAIDERS RETURN FROM NORTH AFRICA - BOMBING BORDEAUX EN ROUTE. United States Eighth Air Force Flying Fortresses, returning from Africa after bombing Regensburg, Germany, on August 17, attack an assembly plant in Bordeaux during daylight yesterday, August 24. Good bombing results were reported , and opposition was not severe. Seven enemy aircraft were destroyed by the heavy bombers. When the crews landed at their British bases they carried souvenirs obtained during their six-day stay in Africa including Fezzes, Arab knives, battle trophies from the North African campaign and a pet terrier renamed "EAGER".

Associated Press Photo shows: "Eager a terrier mascot “picked up" in Africa by airmen of U.S.A.A.F. who made the heavy raid on Regensburg and bombed Bordeaux on the return flight to Britain, wears an appropriate sphinx-like expression as he is handed down from a Fortress bomber which participated in the two-way raid. In the cabin of the Fortress are Sgt. Milton C. Schwermer, 19, Ball turret gunner, of Michigan city, Ind., (left )and S/Sgt. Willis P. Roy, 23-year-old Radio Operator from ST. Paul, Minn. receiving "Eager" is SGT. Swen A Zetterberg, 19 Waist-gunner, whose home is in Rookford, Ill. 259968 25843 U.’

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Sergeant Milton C Schwermer and Staff Sergeant Willis St Paul of the 390th Bomb Group pass their new dog mascot "Eager" through the waist gun position of their B-17 Flying Fortress to their fellow airman Sergeant Swen A Zetterberg. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 25 Aug 1943.' [stamp] and '280607.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'REGENSBURG RAIDERS RETURN FROM NORTH AFRICA - BOMBING BORDEAUX EN ROUTE. United States Eighth Air Force Flying Fortresses, returning from Africa after bombing Regensburg, Germany, on August 17, attack an assembly plant in Bordeaux during daylight yesterday, August 24. Good bombing results were reported , and opposition was not severe. Seven enemy aircraft were destroyed by the heavy bombers. When the crews landed at their British bases they carried souvenirs obtained during their six-day stay in Africa including Fezzes, Arab knives, battle trophies from the North African campaign and a pet terrier renamed "EAGER". Associated Press Photo shows: "Eager a terrier mascot “picked up" in Africa by airmen of U.S.A.A.F. who made the heavy raid on Regensburg and bombed Bordeaux on the return flight to Britain, wears an appropriate sphinx-like expression as he is handed down from a Fortress bomber which participated in the two-way raid. In the cabin of the Fortress are Sgt. Milton C. Schwermer, 19, Ball turret gunner, of Michigan city, Ind., (left)and S/Sgt. Willis P. Roy, 23-year-old Radio Operator from ST. Paul, Minn. receiving "Eager" is SGT. Swen A Zetterberg, 19 Waist-gunner, whose home is in Rookford, Ill. 259968 25843 U.’

Connections

Units

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

People

  • Eager dog

    Military | Mascot

  • Willis Roy

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230265 'Pinky. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Milton Schwermer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230265 'Pinky. ' Prisoner of War (POW). Crew Number 46

  • Swen Zetterberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 16 September in B-17 #42-5903 'Ascend Charlie'. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

Locations

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2018 14:01:22 Lucy May Changes to caption and place associations
Sources

Edits to caption for legibility

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:24:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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