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"Formerly a photographer with Acqua Studio in NY City, S/Sgt Victor A Labruno 22 419 2nd St Jersey City NJ, has been given credit for snapping on of the air wars most outstanding pictures while flying as a combat aerial photographer during the 8th AF attack on the synthetic oil plants at Brux, near the border of Czechoslovakia. As more than 100 German fighters attacked the formation of flying fortresses, Sgt LaBruno crouched in the radio room of the Boeing B-17 'Lady Godiva' and caught a dramatic action shot of a Nazi Messerschmidt 410 less than 25 feet of the wing of the big bomber just as the fighter pulled away to start into a dive."



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

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  • Victor La Bruno

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographer
    Assigned to 562BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Date Contributor Update
02 April 2018 15:11:53 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations