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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.'

This photograph was taken at Debach Airfield, home of the 493rd BG on Sunday October 15th 1944, and not at Mendlesham, when "Marriage is A Private Affair" premiered. It was taken outside Hangar #1.
The film was premiered 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.
43-38216 "Tempest Turner" did not transfer to the 34th BG Until late January 1945.

IWM catalogue record

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

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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Units

  • 34th Bomb Group

    34th Bomb Group

    Group
    After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

People

  • Milton Elder

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • 43-38216 Tempest Turner

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8 July 1944; Kearney 18 July 1944; Dow Field 3 August 1944. Assigned 862BS/493BG Debach 4 August 1944. Flown by the Richard B. Lewis crew. Transferred 18BS/34BG Mendlesham 1945. Returned to the USA Bradley 26 June 1945. 4168 Base...

Locations

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

  • Mendlesham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 14:08:39 Darren Jelley Changes to caption
Sources

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
04 March 2020 14:06:55 Darren Jelley Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

493rd BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 12:44:56 Emily Changes to caption and place associations
Sources

FRE 604

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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