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A bomber crew of the 15th Bomb Squadron, 301st Bomb Group with an RAF Douglas Boston of No 226 Squadron, after being awarded medals, 4 July 1942. From left to right, they are Sergeant Bennie B Cunningham, Sergeant Robert L Golay, Second Lieutenant Randall Dorton and Major Charles C Kegelman.

Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for Publication 11 Jul 1942.' [stamp], 'Not to be published until 12/7/42.' [stamp], 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'USA (NIR)CCC.' [written annotation] and '209807.' [Censor no.]

Printed caption on reverse: 'Members of the crew of the Boston Bomber, photographed after they they had been decorated, in front of a Boston Bomber. (L to R) Sgt B B Cunningham of Tupelo, Miss; Sgt R L Golay of Fredonia ,Kansas; Second-Lieut M Dorton of Long Beach and Major Charles C Kegelman, U.S. Air Chief decorates first American airmen to operate in Europe. 11.7.42. Major General Spaatz, chief of American Air Forces in this country, today decorated a crew of a Boston bomber which took part in the 4th of July (American independence day) daylight raid on Holland.'

IWM catalogue record

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

A bomber crew of the 301st Bomb Group with their A-20 Havoc after being awarded medals. From left to right, they are Sergeant B.B. Cunningham of Tupelo, Missouri; Sergeant R.L. Golay of Fredonia, Kansas; Second Lieutenant M. Dorton of Long Beach; and Major Charles C. Kegelman. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for Publication 11 Jul 1942.' [stamp], 'Not to be published until 12/7/42.' [stamp], 'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'USA (NIR)CCC.' [written annotation] and '209807.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'Members of the crew of the Boston Bomber,photographed after they they had been decorated, in front of a Boston Bomber. (L to R) Sgt B B Cunningham of Tupelo, Miss; Sgt R L Golay of Fredonia ,Kansas; Second-Lieut M Dorton of Long Beach and Major Charles C Kegelman, U.S. Air Chief decorates first American airmen to operate in Europe. 11.7.42. Major General Spaatz, chief of American Air Forces in this country, today decorated a crew of a Boston bomber which took part in the 4th of July (American independence day) daylight raid on Holland.'

Connections

Units

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 15th Bomb Squadron

    15th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    The 15th Bomb Squadron was the first US bomb unit sent to UK. Flying personnel arrived at Newport without aircraft on 13 May 1942. ...

People

  • Bennie Cunningham

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    Assigned 303BG. Awards: DFC.

  • Randall Dorton

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Robert Golay

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight engineer
    Assigned to 301BG. Awards: DFC.

  • Charles Kegelman

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Kegelman received the Distinguished Service Cross for the 8th Air Force's first bombing action over Europe on 4 July 1942. The right propeller of his Douglas Boston was shot away by flak while over the target at De Koog. Further ground fire caused...

Missions

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 January 2019 14:15:32 Emily Changes to caption, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Associated depicted people and mission.

Additional caption information from Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Diary.

Considering that the aircraft was in RAF service at the time of the image, it would have been designated a Douglas Boston rather than an A-20 Havoc

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:17:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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