|Personalities of the 457th Bomb Group
Part of the Bernie Baines Collection
|457th Bomb Group||457th Bomb Group|
This Page of photos consist of those taken on the day of the first mission of the 457th....Feb 24th, 1944. The mission was to Guttersloh-Lippstadt, Germany. Most of the faces here are unknown except for Col Luper who appears in most of them. First photo is a gathering around "Rene III" prior to takeoff. This was Col Luper's plane named after his wife.
Col Luper in full attire chatting with some other officers.
Col Luper checking out an unidentified crewman.
Col Luper in full flight gear ready to go. Other officers are unidentified.
Col Luper with some officers awaiting the signal to board the plane on Feb 21st, 1944.
Col Luper, ready to go on Feb 21st, 1044. "Rene II" is directly behind him.
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the Content: Willard (Hap) Reese (Website Author)