Personnel of the 493rd Bomb Group queue alongside a B-17 (serial number 43-38216) nicknamed "Tempest Turner" that was named after the Hollywood actress Lana Turner, for the world premiere of her latest film: 'Marriage is a Private Affair',
This photograph was taken outside Hangar #1 at Debach Airfield, home of the 493rd BG, on Sunday October 15th 1944
The film had its world premier at the 493rd BG thanks to S/Sgt Milton Elder, Ball gunner on the John Lewis crew. S/Sgt Elder, of the 862nd BS, had been a cameraman at MGM studios prior to being inducted for training as a heavy bomber gunner. His last film featured Miss Turner. After contacting the studios to ask if Miss Turner would visit his base, SSgt Elder was told this was not possible due to her busy schedule, but that she had asked that her latest film be shown to the men of the 493rd BG before it was released to the public.
Included with the original release was a filmed personal message to all of the men of the 493rd BG from Miss Turner.
43-38216 "Tempest Turner" transferred to the 34th BG in late January 1945, after being left on the continent following damage sustained on the combat mission to Giessen, Germany, with the 493rd BG on 11th December 1944.
Image stamped with SHAEF press censor and London News Agency copyright. Handwritten caption on reverse: '16/10/44.' '303 EXTRA.' '34 BG.' ' 4596.'
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Personnel of the 34th Bomb Group queue alongside a B-17 (serial number 43-38216) nicknamed "Tempest Turner" that was named after the Hollywood actress Lana Turner, for the world premiere of her latest film: 'Marriage is a Private Affair', held at Mendelsham. Image stamped with SHAEF press censor and London News Agency copyright. Handwritten caption on reverse: '16/10/44.' '303 EXTRA.' '34 BG.' ' 4596.'
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