King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Major General James Doolittle meet an airman of the 379th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Mason Doolittle and ??' The airman in the picture is Lloyd C Mason.
Major Lloyd C Mason of the 379th Bomb Group talks to General Doolittle, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth during a royal visit to Kimbolton, 3 July 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '3/7/44. 379 BG, Kimbolton. Major Mason, King, Queen, Princess, Doolittle. 7.'
12 August 1943 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, landed with severe bomb damage. in B17 42-29933.
Oak Leaf Cluster for wear with previously awarded Distinguished Flying Cross. "For extraordinary achievement while serving as Air Commander of a Combat Bombardment Wing composed of B-17 aircraft on a bombing mission over Germany, 15 August 1944. On this date Col. Hall expertly led the formation to the important enemy objective. While on the bombing run, approximately one minute before the release of bombs, flak struck the airplane in which he was flying, knocking it over onto its right side, setting fire to the Number Three engine and severing many control cables. With consummate flying skill and great determination, Col. Hall assisted the Pilot in remaining level flight and continued on the bombing run. Bombs were released and superior results attained. After leaving the target, he rallied the formation and accomplished the return flight without loss. The courage, coolness and tenacity of purpose displayed by Col. Hall reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. Entered military service from Arkansas.
Military | Master Sergeant | Radio Operator | 379th Bomb Group
Assigned to 545BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12-Aug-43 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, landed with severe bomb damage. in B17 42-29933. Wounded in Action (WIA) RTD.
Awards: AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
Assigned to 545BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew of Panama Hattie. 12-Aug-43 on mission to oil refinery in Germany in B17 42-29933, A/C landed with severe bomb damage. Hit by Flak Wounded in Action (WIA).
Awards: DSC, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
Wilton Fremaux enlisted on September 14, 1942. 26 missions; B-17 Flying Fortress; T/SGT; Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner. He was from Alexandria, Louisiana. He was stationed at Kimbolton, England with the 379th Bomber Group, 524th Bomb Squadron....
Military | Technical Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
Assigned to 545BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 12-Aug-43 on mission to oil refinery in Germany, landed with severe bomb damage. in B17 42-29933.
Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.
Units served with
The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...