General James "Jimmy" Doolittle inspects a crater caused by a bomb dump explosion at Metfield, home of the 491st Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '491 BG Gen Doolittle inspecting damage caused by bomb dump damage.'
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General James "Jimmy" Dootlittle inspects a crater caused by a bomb dump explosion at Metfield, home of the 491st Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: '491 BG Gen Dootlittle inspecting damage caused by bomb dump damage.'
The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...
Military | Lieutenant General | Commanding General
Became Commanding General of 12th AF September 1942; Commanding General of Northwest African Strategic Air Force March 1943; assumed command of 15th AF November 1943; Commanding General of 8th Air Force 6 January 1944 to 9 May 1945. Medal Of Honor for...
Military site : airfield
Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Metfield had three concrete runways, 39 pan plus 15 loop hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied by the 353rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, from August 1943 to...