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Record Group: 342, Series: FH

Personnel and Ground Photos
With This Bomb Loading Device, Bombs Are Quickly Loaded On Wing Racks Of 9Th Air Force Bomber Command A-20 Havocs, Based In England, And Operating On The Western Front. Use Of Wing Racks, Increases The Havoc Bomb Load By 50 Per Cent.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A06486-3A06486)
 
Chaplains present at a conference at a 9th Air Force base in England, held on 25 April 1944, are: first row, left to right: Chaplains Prentiss C. Penticoff, ... They are attached to the 9th Bomber Command.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A47488-3A47488)
 
Members of the medical section at a Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber field of the 9th Air force in England are awaiting arrival of planes returning from another mission over the low countries. They are, left to right: Lt. Dorothy Brindley, Wheeling, W.Va.; Lt. Jean Herks, Buffalo, New York; Lt. Mary C. Manning of Greenville, N.C.; Major Warren J. Conen, Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Lt. Lonia Marie Gieb, Gainesville, Tex.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A13642-51914AC)
 
Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General of the 9th Air force, pins the Distinguished Flying Cross on 2nd Lt. Horace F. Pair, 26, an A-20 Havoc pilot from Atlanta, Ga., in ceremonies somewhere in France.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16692-52854AC)
 
Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General of the 9th Air force, pins the Distinguished Flying Cross on Maj. William J. Meng, 26, of North Middletown, Ky., in ceremonies in France.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16694-52856AC)
 
Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General of the 9th Air force, pins the Silver Star on 1st Lt. Charles L. McGlohn, 24, of Columbus, Miss., in ceremonies at a 9th Air force base somewhere in France.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16693-52855AC)
 
Lt. Gen. Lewsi H. Brereton, Commanding General of the 9th Air force, pins the Distinguished Flying Cross on 1st Lt. Charles C. Mish, 26, South Boston, Va., in ceremonies at a 9th Air Base somewhere in FRANCE. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16695-52857AC)
 
A French shepherd, his son and dog stand watch over their flock at the edge of a field used by the Germans until bombed out by the Allied pilots. Douglas A-20 'Havocs' can be seen in the background. Villaroche, France. 2 October 1944.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A17340-61347AC)
 
9th Air Force (416Th Bomb Group) A-20 "Havocs" are served at a base once separated by the Germans but now serving as 'home' for this unit. Despite wreckage caused by Allied bombings and enemy demolitions the base was soon back in operating condition. Villaroche, France. 2 October 1944.
A/C S/N: 43-9452 "PrettyBaby"
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A17341-A61347AC)
 
A bombed out building serves as the frame for this barbershop portrait of a GI, and A-20 "Havoc" of the 9th Air Force forms the backdrop. Barber is Cpl. Joe E. Brown of Enid, Oklahoma, and his customer is Cpl. Norman W. Mctier Of Wrens, Georgia. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A17687-61352AC)
 
A GI Sits in a partially filled bomb crater as he looks over a section of a German base which is now operated by (Douglas A-20 'Havoc') 416th Bomb Group. Villarouche, France. 2 October 1944.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A19369-61326AC)
 
In the office of a former French winery, officers study the situation map maintained for this A-20 "Havoc" Unit, 416th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force, operating from this captured German base. Left to right: 1st Lt. Lilburn S. Rogers, Scottsville, Ky.; Capt. Robert C. Bailey, Lynchburg, Va.; Major William P. Thomas, Berkely, California; and M/Sgt. Kenneth A. Froelich, Santa Rosa, California. Villaroche, France. 2 October 1944.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A17659-61353AC)
 
Pfc. Autry L. Freeman, Sikeston, Mo., a Ninth Air Force parachute rigger, stores away a chute in the racks at an A-20 base somewhere in France. In the background is Sgt. Angelo E. Miranda of New York, another rigger. Racks are made from wine blocks as this location was a winery before it became a Nazi air base. 416th Bomb Group. 2 October 1944. Villaroche, France.

(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A17236-61359AC)
 
FRANCE-Air and ground crew members of this Douglas A-20 Havoc, the first 9th AF light bomber to compete 100 missions, exchange compliments at a 9th Bombardment division base. ...
A/C S/N: 43-9224 "MissLaid"
Mission 152
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16951-54548AC)
 
The air crew of the Douglas A-20 Havoc, "La France Libre," the first 9th AF light bomber to complete 100 missions against German military objectives. Left to right: Capt Hugh A. Monroe, 21, of 325 Hazelwood Ave., San Francisco, Calif., pilot; S/Sgt Steve Risco, 24, of 4955 North Drake Ave., Chicago, Ill., tunnel gunner; and S/Sgt Wilmar L. Kidd, 30, 804 Ohio St., Neosha, Kansas, turret gunner. FRANCE.
A/C S/N: 43-9224 "LaFranceLibre"
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16952-54752AC)
 
Air and ground crews of the Douglas A-20 Havoc "La France Libre," the first 9th Air force light bomber to complete 100 missions against German military objectives. Left to right, S/Sgt. Steve Risko, 24, 4955 North Drake Ave., Chicago, Ill., tunnel gunner; Cpl. Edson Haddon, Denver, Colo., assistant crew chief; S/Sgt Wilmar L. Kidd, 30, 804 Ohio St., Neodesha, Kans., turret gunner; Capt Hugh A. Monroe, 21, 325 Hazelwood Ave., San Francisco, Calif., the pilot; and T/Sgt. Royal S. Everts, 80 Spruce St., Southport, Conn.
A/C S/N: 43-9224 "LaFranceLibre"
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16953-A54752AC)
 
Crew of "LA FRANCE LIBRE," the first 9th Air Force Douglas A-20 bomber to complete 100 missions, check their route before taking off on a flight. They are, left to right: S/Sgt. Steve Risko of Chicago, Illinois, gunner; Capt. Hugh A. Monroe, pilot of San Francisco, California and S/Sgt. Wilmar L. Kidd, turret gunner of Neodesha, Kansas. FRANCE.
A/C S/N: 43-9224 "LaFranceLibre"
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A17632-54808AC)
 
A Ninth Air Force Bomber Base, France -- Once a week, soldiers at a Douglas A-26 Invader base trek to the post office exchange to purchase their toilet articles, cigarettes and candy rations. In addition, the post exchange, under supervision of Capt. Bernard P. Sweeney of 2333 Ridgeway Ave., Columbus O., offers such facilitiies as film processing and shopping services. Soldiers also purchase gifts for their families in the U.S. On special occasions, the PX, as it is known in Army parlance, enables GI's to send flowers and telegrams to families and friends back home. T/5 Howard Shellhorn of Kent, O., in foreground behind counter, and S/Sgt John M. Calderon of 114 West 61st St.,
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A17783-3A17783)
 
A Ninth Air Force Bomber Base, France -- The post exchange is the overseas soldier's only source of commercial products not issued by the government. Capt. Sweeney and his aides handled every item necessary to military life under normal conditions. Above, Capt. Sweeney figures the cost of rations purchased by Capt. Elden B. Kreh, Douglas A-26 Invader pilot from 15515 Muirland Ave., Detroit, who stands at right. Next to Sweeney, Pfc. Ben K. Tatum of Atlanta, Ga., is taking another order. The PX is a non-profit organization. Prices are fixed at minimum level by the Army Post Exchange Service, often referred to as the world's largest chain store.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A17849-59463AC)
 
 
 
 
 



Planes In Flight
Speedy A-20 Havoc light bombers of the U.S. 9th A.F. are pictured leaving the coast of France for England after an attack recently on enemy targets in the low countries.
Mission 13
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16226-50881AC)
 
Speedy A-20 Havoc light bombers of the U.S. 9th A.F. are pictured leaving the coast of France for England after an attack recently on enemy targets in the low countries. ...
Mission 13
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16227-50900AC)
 
Leaving the coast of France after plastering Nazi targets with high explosives, Douglas A-20's (Havoc), light bombers of the 9th AF head for England and their home bases.
Mission 13
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16230-51333AC)
 
Bombs from 9th AF Douglas A-20s (Havoc) fall on pilotless flying bomb launching site in the Pas De Calais area. Many of these sites are being knocked out by the 9th Air Force light and medium bombers.
Mission 13
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A19069-52868AC)
 
Flying low Douglas A-20 Havocs, light bombers of the 9th AF wing their way to the target somewhere in Nazi-held France. Note motor vehicle in center of highway. (Lower center).
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16229-51330AC)
 
Douglas A-20 Havoc light bombers of the U.S. Ninth Air force are shown over the patch work landscape of France during a recent attack against enemy targets. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16231-51610AC)
 
A-20 Havoc light bombers of the U.S. 9th A.F. are shown over the patch-work landscape of France during a recent attack against enemy targets. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16228-50901AC)
 
Leaving a target several thousand feet below engulfed in smoke and flames, a trim, speedy A-20 Havoc light attack bomber of the U.S. 9th A.F. is shown streaking for its base in England after a recent attack against one of Hitler's defenses on the continent. ...
A/C S/N: 43-9189 "WinsomeWinnie"
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A20556-50894AC)
 
A Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber of the Ninth Air force is shown laying a smokescreen low over the water of the English Channel during exercises simulating European invasion. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A08992-51614AC)
 
An A-20 Havoc light bomber of the 9th AF is shown laying a smokescreen low over the water of the English Channel during exercises simulating European invasion. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A08991-50892AC)
 
Amazing photo catches a Martin B-26 [actually a Douglas A-20] a split second after flak has literally blown it in two.
A/C S/N: 43-9707
Mission 26
MACR 4095
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A27301-51487AC)
 
A versatile Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber of the 9th USAAF is shown coming in for a landing ofllowing a recent attack against enemy targets on the continent. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16375-53136AC)
 
Low level attacks took the Nazis by surprise. Though losses were extremely light a few planes like this flak-fired Douglas A-20 were downed by the enemy. - Germany
A/C S/N: 43-10129
Mission 46
MACR 4634
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A20393-53324AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
This is a formation of Douglas A-20's of the 9th AF flying above the clouds over LeHarve France, en route to a target somewhere in France.
A/C S/N: 43-9701
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16232-52228AC)
 
Douglas A-20 Plane In Flight Over France. June 1944.
Mission 78
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16419-59176AC)
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Douglas A-20 Plane Enroute To France. June 1944.
Mission 78
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16420-A59176AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Douglas A-20 Havoc attacking enemy installations at Linnich, Germany.
Mission 154
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21849-54822AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
A Douglas A-26 Invader touches down after a mission over Germany. With its tricycle landing gear down, the Douglas A-26 comes in at 135 miles per hour, touches at 110 to 115.
A/C S/N: 41-39199
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16380-113242AC)
 
A Douglas A-26 Invader, returning from a combat mission over western Europe, rolls to a stop near the end of the runway. Because it rolls extremely fast with the little deceleration when on the ground after landing, the Douglas A-26 has a tendency to require more runway without excessive use of brakes. FRANCE.
A/C S/N: 41-39208
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16379-113240AC)
 
La France Libre, the first 9th AF Douglas A-20 Havoc to complete 100 missions, photographed the instant it became airborne on a recent flight from a base somewhere in France. The light bomber was re-namd and dedicated to the service of France at a ceremony at Le Bourget Field.
A/C S/N: 43-9224 "LaFranceLibre"
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A45721-54809AC)
 
A head view of the Douglas A-26 "B", solid nose version of the Douglas Invader, shows its 70-foot wing span, with underslung engines mounted close to the fuselage.
A/C S/N: 41-39199
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16330-113241AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
A U.S. Army 9th Air Force Douglas A-26 Invader, its starboard engine set ablaze by enemy flak, heads for home after participating in our attack on the important communications center at Munstereifel, Germany. Bomb bursts are visible at lower right. ...
Mission 176
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22087-55992AC)
 
A 9th Air Force Douglas A-26 Invader, America's newest and fastest bomber, streaks away from the target, the six-span, 920 foot long railroad bridge over the Moselle River at Eller, 25 miles southwest of Koblenz, after dropping 1,000 bombs on the structure 27 December 1944. ...
Mission 178
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21207-55674AC)
 
Douglas A-26 Invaders of the Ninth Air Force smashed buildings and cut roads in the German communications center of Bitburg, Sunday, January 14, during a heavy aerial offensive which added to the 100,000 ton total dropped by the Ninth Bombardment Division medium and light bombers since July 16, 1943. ...
Mission 185
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A20924-56107AC)
 
FRANCE - A flight of four Douglas A-26 Invaders, the new light bomber recently announced as participating in the 9th AF bombardment of Germany. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16236-55797AC)
 
Douglas A-26 Invaders in flight over France.
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16237-57292AC)
 
A Formation of 16 Douglas A-26 Invaders of the 9th AF Bombardment Division leave a German ammunition dump in flames (lower left) near Rheinbach, 10 Miles Southwest Of Bonn. ...
Mission 205
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22347-59328AC)
 
This picture shows not one -- but two -- Douglas A-26 Invaders of the U.S. 9th AF dropping bombs on a Siegfried Line strongpoint in the path of American ground forces. ...
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A20587-56315AC)
 
Douglas A-26s of the 386th Bomb Group parked on the line at their base in Beaumont, France on 7 May 1945. [Note, the third aircraft down the left line is an A-26 from the 416th BG evidenced by the vertical black stripe on the tail.]
A/C S/N: 41-39298
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16315-70735AC)
 
 
 
 
 



Mission Bomb Run and Damage Photos
Before-The Strike-After.
The 416th BG did not fly this mission, but this photo is from Francis Cachat's "9th Bomb. Division Strikes" yearbook
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A05389-51150AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Black and white smoke rises from direct hits (center) on the railroad marshalling yards at Loubais [Louvain], Belgium, as a Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber of the 9th AF, roars over the target.
Mission 29
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A05388-52679AC)
 
This is an enemy-held airfield near Busigny, France, photographed from a Douglas A-20 Havoc of the 9th AF which plastered the marshalling yards of the railway system near this site with high explosive bombs. ...
Mission 33
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A16045-53129AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
One divisional German Hdqs., believed to be at Aunay-Sur-Odon, France, was peppered by 9th Air Force Douglas A-20 Havocs with bombs which show in photo as a good concentration of explosions. ...
Mission 75
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A18391-51739AC)
 
One of the latest Strike Attack by Douglas A-20 Havocs of the 9th Air Force on the railway yards at Domfront, France. ...
Mission 78
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A18670-51808AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Bomb damage to Oissel Bridge over Seine River, France.

Mission 116
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A18270-54840AC)
 
Concealed under the heavy pall of smoke in the left center of this picture is the damaged structure of a bridge which the Germans used in linking their strong points on the peninsula and mainland of Brest, France. ...
Mission 136
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A18492-53872AC)
 
A bridge linking the peninsula with the mainland at Brest, France, was rendered useless by Martin B-26 Marauders and Douglas A-20 Havocs of the 9th AF which attacked the port 3 Sep 44. ...
Mission 135
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A18493-53934AC)
 
FRANCE - A bottleneck in the German transportation system at Trier, 10 Miles inside the Nazi border, is created by 9th AF Douglas A-20 Havocs' successful attack on a marshalling yard, crippling rail facilities and destroying rolling stock. ...
Mission 153
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22549-3A22549)
 
Bombing - Trier, Germany
Mission 153
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22550-54569AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Bomb damage to the Eller railroad bridge in Germany.
Mission 178
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21208-59519AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Bomb damage to the Eller railroad bridge in Germany.
Mission 178
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21209-A59519AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
The effectiveness of the 500 plane assault by 9th Bombardment Division medium, light and attack bombers against 80 enemy rail targets the day preceding the First And Ninth Army offensives may be judged by a study of this reconnaissance photo of the Simmern Railroad yard in Germany hit by Martin B-26 Marauders and Douglas A-20 Havocs. ...
Mission 211
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22489-3A22489)
 
The center of the railroad yard at Simmern, Germany, blanketed by bombs from Douglas A-20 Havocs 22 Feb 1945. Tracks, cars and sidings were damaged.
Mission 211
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22490-3A22490)
 
Railroad Marshalling Yards at Simmern, Germany under attack by the 9th AF on 22 February 1945.
Mission 211
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22491-56992AC)
 
Bomb strikes from part of a force of Martin B-26 Marauders which attacked the Worms Marshalling yard in Germany mushroom into smoke columns where they cut rail lines and laid waste to cars, sidings, and warehouses.

Mission 239
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22661-56727AC)
 
Worms, Germany After A Bombing Attack By Martin B-26S On 18 March 1945.

Mission 239
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22662-59499AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Worms, Germany After A Bombing Attack By Martin B-26S On 18 March 1945.

Mission 239
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22663-A59499AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Worms, Germany After A Bombing Attack By Martin B-26S On 18 March 1945.

Mission 239
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22664-B59499AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Worms, Germany After A Bombing Attack By Martin B-26S On 18 March 1945.

Mission 239
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A22665-C59499AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Bomb Damage To The Lage Railroad Bridge In Germany.

Mission 241
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21781-59523AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
Bomb Damage To The Lage Railroad Bridge In Germany.

Mission 241
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21782-A59523AC)
[No rear photo image]
 
A Mile High Column Of Smoke Billows Upward From A Large Steel Rolling Mill At Dinslaken, Germany A Few Minutes After 9Th Bomb Division Medium And Light Bombers Blanketed The Area With Incendiaries And High Explosives On March 23, 1945. ...

Mission 249
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21171-3A21171)
 
The fuel supplies in these wrecked tank cars and oil storage tanks at Deggendorf, Germany, were slated for use by the Germans in a last-ditch stand in the southern area of "national redoubt". ...
Mission 278
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21152-57913AC)
 
Scattered over the ground like so many toothpicks, heavy iron fuel pipes lay where they came to rest after being blasted into the air by bombing of Douglas A-26 Invaders of the 9th Air Division in a devastating attack on the Deggendorf Oil Storage Depot, destroyed during the final stages of the war in Europe. ...
Mission 278
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21153-57914AC)
 
Twisted steel framework is all that remains of a warehouse at the Freilassing ordnance depot, north of Salzburg, Austria, where arms and supplies were stored for the Germans' proposed defense of the southern area of "national redoubt". ...
Mission 282
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21319-57916AC)
 
Total destruction of a source for German arms and ammunition in the last stages of the war in Europe is seen in this picture of what once was a Nazi ordnance depot at Freilassing, North of Salzburg, Austria. ...
Mission 282
(NARA ID: 342-FH-3A21320-57917AC)
 
 
 
 
 




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