IWM catalogue record
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A P-47 Thunderbolt (5F-A, serial number 42-75855, "War Weary") of the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: 'P-47 5ERS, Mount Farm.'
Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply
Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...
Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 5ERS, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF as a hack.
Military site : airfield
Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...