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457th Bomb Group Personalities of the 457th Bomb Group
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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.
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Col Luper in full attire chatting with some other officers.
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Col Luper checking out an unidentified crewman.
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Col Luper in full flight gear ready to go. Other officers are unidentified.
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Col Luper with some officers awaiting the signal to board the plane on Feb 21st, 1944.
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Col Luper, ready to go on Feb 21st, 1044. "Rene II" is directly behind him.
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