IWM catalogue record
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Ground personnel of the 386th Bomb Group inflate the tyres of a B-26 Marauder (AN-S, serial number 41-31606) nicknamed "Rat Poison" from their Cletrac before a mission. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Pres.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 30 Sep 1943.' [stamp], and '285957.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: ''AMERICA'S "RED DEVIL" [a censor has omitted 'Red Devil] FLYERS. USP/2247-5. Commanding Officer of the Black Gun [amended by censor to read 'gun'] squadron, Major Franklin W Harris of Glenn Allen, Virginia, and his co-pilot 2nd Lt. Robert L Quigley, Winthrop, Iowa, check their watches prior to taking off, while members of their ground crew put the finishing touches to the servicing of their ship "Rat Poison".'
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...