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P-51s of 352nd Fighter Group Escort B-24Js of 458th Bomb Group

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Lt. Bob “Punchy“ Powell, in P-51B “PE-P“ 42-106914 named “The West ‘by Gawd‘ Virginian“ leads P-51Ds of the Eighth Air Force, First Bombardment Division, 67th Fighter Wing, 352nd Fighter Group, 328th Fighter Squadron, (Bodney Airfield, Norfolk), in escorting Consolidated B-24J-150-CO Liberators of the Eighth Air Force, Second Bombardment Division, 96th Combat Bombardment Wing, 458th Bombardment Group, (Horsham St. Faith Airfield, Norfolk, United Kingdom) on a mission to France. The photo was taken during the Normandy Campaign between June 7, 1944 and July 17, 1944. Powell crashed his P-51B on takeoff, July 18, 1944. The B-24Js with “J4“ on their fuselages are from the 753rd Bombardment Squadron, and ones with “Z5“ are from the 754th. The 753rd‘s aircraft are from the Azon Project, which used standard 1000-pound (453 kilogram) bombs fitted with radio-controlled fins. The theory was that the plane‘s bombardier could steer the bomb into the target. However, clear weather was required, often not something found in Northern Europe, even during the summer. The ten missions of Azon Project were ineffective, but the bomb‘s principle‘s were sound and it was the basis of many other guided weapons. Azon bombs were also used in the Pacific.
Image Filename wwii1067.jpg
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Image Dimensions 600 x 418
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed July 01, 1944
Location B-24Js and P-51s of Eighth Air Force
City Over North Sea
State or Province Normandy
Country France
Archive United States Air Force
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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