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Ground crewman: Technical Sergeant Carl Pate and Staff Sergeant Hugo A. Hywari of the 386th Bomb Group work on the engine of a B-26 Marauder. Image stamped on reverse:'Keystone Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 30 Sep 1943.' [stamp] and '285969.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse:'AMERICA'S "RED DEVIL" [a censor has omitted 'Red Devil'] FLYERS. USP/2247-17. T/Sgt Carl Pate, Marietta, Georgia Crew Chief of "Winnie", gives a word of instruction on one of the might Pratt and Whitney engines which pull the Marauders, to aerial engineer S/Sgt Hugo A Hywari, of Dorchester, Mass. Ground crew and airmen alike take a great pride in their ship to which they are assigned vie with each other on service and maintenance, brag about her individual capabilities and stoutly defend her as though she was their own personal property. To each crew their ship is a living thing with individual personality and temperament.'
The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...