IWM catalogue record
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Technical Sergeant Francis John Burns, a gunner of the 303rd Bomb Group, with his accordion. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 9 Apr 1943.' [stamp] and' 257526.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: '"He'll have music wherever he goes". T/Sergt. Francis John Burns, of 20 Greenville St., Somerville, Mass. is now serving as a gunner with the U.S. Army Air Force in Britain. He has been on 14 raids and holds the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster. He was formerly a clerk with the Metropolitan Ice Co. 321, Washington St., Somerville, Mass, and is 28 years old. He sends his love to his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jospeh Burns, at Greenville St. Educated at Burnett School, Sergt. Burns says that he wants to knock hell out of the Jerries and then get home to the eggs and steaks. U 75. Not to be published before Apl 20, 1943'
The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
Flew 25 missions Flew mostly on 'Skywolf', pilot was Morales. All original crew members came home to the USA
DFC, Bronze Star, Air Medal w 2/Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct, ADS Medal; EAME Campaign Medal w 1 bronze service star, WW II Victory Medal