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 387th Bomb Group signs a document underneath the wing of a B-26 Marauder. The document has been cut out from the image. A veteran has written in an enclosed letter to Freeman: 'From a mission return on D-day. We had dropped bombs on the Normandy strong points at 06:23 for beach landings at 06:29. You will recall the favourable weather such that at 5000' the Norden could not be used and we used the "Guide Wire" DFM, more often simply "Kentucky Windage". Our aircraft was the "Heavenly Body", a B26B16 with tail number 131664. Front row, L-R is Major Bob Heller, pilot and Squadron Co, Lt Arnold Hart, GEE Boy myself as Bombardier, Lt Tom Janet, Co-Pilot and Captain Kunde, navigator.'
The 387th Bomb Group flew just under thirty missions with the Eighth Air Force before being transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943. The Group remained at Chipping Ongar, Essex after being reassigned and continued to hit targets in France....