U.S. 351st Bomb Group is briefed before a bombing mission at the RAF base in Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England .
England Date:1943 Duration:2 min 57 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. 351st Bomb Group at RAF Station Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England during World War II. A display board of the U.S. 351st Bomb Group, at RAF Station Polebrook, England, shows 15 principal targets and the number of times they've been struck by B-17s of the Group. The most missions were flown against Schweinfurt, Germany (25 times) and second most, against Hanover, Germany (17 times). Another recent status board records missions against Amiens and Evreux,and Romilly, France; Stuttgart, Germany; and Brussels,Belgium.Swastikas indicate German aircraft shot down during these raids. A C-45 aircraft lands and parks at the field. Major General Ira C. Eaker,Commander 8th Air Force, steps from the plane for a visit with the 351st Bomb Group. He proceeds to the briefing room, in a Quonset hut. Four Officers of the Group pose. View of heavy bombs in the bomb dump. Views of bombs hung wing racks of a B-17 to increase its bomb load. Bombs being transported on motorized dollies. Airmen writing in chalk on a bomb. It reads: "From the boys K of C #92 Jim, MH." Fliers at nighttime in their Quonset hut quarters. One writes a letter. Others trying to sleep, as sounds of aircraft engines are heard. Officer opens door of quarters and wakes crew members, telling them breakfast is at 3AM and briefing at 4AM. Briefing officer asks fliers to guess what the target of the day will be. Several make suggestions. The briefing officer removes a cover from the mission map, revealing target deep in Germany. The fliers respond with good-natured boos. Commander gives final instructions.,
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