U.S. bomber crews at 127th Replacement Battalion site, Washington Hall, Chorley, Lancashire, England during World War II
England Date:1944 Duration:1 min 43 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. bomber crew members on leave in England while awaiting final orders to return home to the USA, during World War 2. A sign reads 'Officers Entrance Red Cross Aeroclub'. U.S. airmen and officers have drinks and snacks in a garden, compliments of the Red Cross, at the aeroclub of 127th Replacement Battalion site, Washington Hall, Euxton, Chorley, Lancashire. The airmen line up in formation for a retreat ceremony and salute as the American flag is lowered and folded by Military Police. An announcement over Loudspeakers prompts the fliers to rush toward Squadron "O" Bulletin Board to find their names on the list of those scheduled to return home to the USA. One flier wears a leather jacket with image of B-17 named "American Beauty" and 36 bombs (for missions) painted on it. Another wears jacket with image of a B-24 and 31 bombs, and one has room only for the name,"Piccadilly Willy," because the rest of the jacket contains bombs for 65 combat missions. Army Air Forces Methodist Chaplain, Clifford Peace, from North Carolina, conducts a brief service of blessings and good wishes for the fliers who will now be returning home.
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