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The crew of the B-24D Liberator, serial number 41-23778, named, Jenny, in the 44th Bomb Group, returns to Shipdham following a raid on Germany, 27 January 1943.

The insignia attached to the breast of several crew members jackets has been censored.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Barratt's Photo Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 29 Jan 1943.' [stamp].

Printed caption on reverse : 'First American raid on Germany. Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S. Army Air Corps Carried out their first raid on Germany on Wednesday last. O.PS. The crew of the Liberator, Jenny, leaving after the U.S. raid on Germany. (Barratt's. 29/1/43).'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The crew of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23778) nicknamed "Jenny", of the 44th Bomb Group, return to Shipdham following a raid on Germany, 29 January 1943.

The insignia attached to the breast of several crew members jackets has been censored.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Barratt's Photo Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 29 Jan 1943.' [stamp]. Printed caption on reverse: 'First American raid on Germany. Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the U.S. Army Air Corps Carried out their first raid on Germany on Wednesday last. O.PS., the crew of the Liberator "Jenny" leaving after the U.S. raid on Germany. (Barratt's. 29/1/43).'

Connections

Units

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 676th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Rocco Curelli

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-24 Command Pilot
    Pilot 2ndLt. Rocco A. Curelli - KIA - Foggia, Italy ...

  • Gola Gibby

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer - Top Turret Gunner
    SSgt. Gola G. Gibby took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, as engineer and top turret gunner on the B-24, 41-24229, named, Buzzin' Bear. 1-Aug-43. ...

Aircraft

  • 41-23778 - Jenny - Lady Luck

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-23778, was, first, named, Jenny. when it was in the 8th Air Force, the 44th Bomb Group, and the 66th Bombing Squadron in Britain, in 1942. It was temporarily detached (TDY) to the 9th Air Force and sent to Benghazi, Libya...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 31

    27 January 1943
    First successful attack by 8th Air Force into Germany. The 306th Bomb Group gets the distinction of being the first American Bomb Group to drop bombs on Germany. O Original target was Vegesack but clouded over. Col. Frank Armstrong lead the group. Two...

Locations

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 August 2021 04:06:45 Kickapoo Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

FindAGrave Memorial - Gola G Gibby

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2019 09:31:47 Emily Changes to caption and mission associations
Sources

According to Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Diary, no bombing missions took place on 29 January 1943. The nearest raid over Germany flown by the 44th Bomb Group took place on 27 January 1943, making this likely to be the mission the depicted airmen are returning from.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:17:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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