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

A Mosquito P.R. Mk. XVI of the 654th Bomb Squadron, 25th Bomb Group flies over the countryside. The 654th Bomb Squadron was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Leon W. Gray. First handwritten caption on reverse: 'PRU Blue O/A.' Second handwritten caption : '654th Sqdn. 25th B.S. C.O. Leon W. Gray 325th P.R. Wing 8th A.F. Elliot Roosevelt. Watton.' Third handwritten caption: 'PR XVI.' Fourth handwritten caption: '(USAAF F-8)'



  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 654th Bomb Squadron


  • Leon Gray

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Gray was a highly decorated WW II veteran who flew photo reconnaissance missions (unarmed) in enemy airspace with the P-38 Lightning and British Mosquito in the European theater. He was co-commander with Elliott Roosevelt in North Africa. Commander of...


  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:36 AAM AAM ingest

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