Major Sidney Bartlett, aide to General Carl Spaatz, with his wife Ellen Drew, after flying a mission with the RAF. Image stamped on reverse: 'Planet News.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 28 Mar 1943.' [stamp] and 255545.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'FIRST AMERICAN TO BOMB BERLIN. Taking part in the RAFs great raid on Berlin was Major S S Bartlett, of the US Army Air Force Bomber Command. Major Bartlett took his place as a member of the crew of a Lancaster, acting as bomb aimer, thus becoming the first American to actually bomb Berlin. He comes from Beverly Hills, California, and is the husband of American Actress Ellen Drew. Photo shows: Major S S Bartlett photographed with his wife, Ellen Drew after his return from the raid. 28 March 1943.'
Bartlett joined the during as a and was assigned to the Army Pictorial Service. However he was not interested in making training films and used connections to meet , who was on the staff of Brig. Gen Eaker. . . Lay had a background in both journalism and Hollywood and arranged for Bartlett to meet Maj. Gen. Spaatz , after which Bartlett became Spaatz's . aide-de-campWith the establishment of the 8th AAF in England, Bartlett was transferred there and joined the staff of the Eighth's Bomber Command as an assistant intelligence officer. . There he came into daily contact with the inner workings of Air Force commanders in England, including Brig. Gen. Frank Armstrong , and was a close observer of the development of the Eighth into a powerful combat force. In November 1944, Major Bartlett became the Wing Intelligence Officer for the 315th Bomb Wing under Armstrong and served with it on . [Guam
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8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 19 June 1942. It oversaw all Commands, Wings and Groups engaged in the Strategic Bombing Campaign until February 1944, when it became US Strategic Air Forces in...
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