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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. Passed as censored 11 Jul 1942. Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S. Airmen Who Took Part In The Independence Day Raid Receive Decorations. Associated Press Photo Shows:- Left to right, the Captain and crew who received decorations - Sergaent Bennie B. Cunningham, (D.F.C.), Sergeant Robert L. Golay (D.F.C.), Lieut. Randall M. Dorton, (D.F.C.), and Major Charles C. Kegelman (D.S.O.). WOR 248468. 11-7-42-S.' On reverse: Associated Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb 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...


  • 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...



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08 September 2014 15:45:20 AAM AAM ingest

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