B24 42-2752 on Mission to Brussels Belgium 3 Aug 1944
Composite of 1944 Picture overlayed on a Google Map of the area from 2013. Thank you to Paul Rowland from Harthill England for finding the location of this photo.
Original Photo is at: www.flickr.com/photos/johnfunk/6122870276/
More information is available at www.johnfunk.com/WWII
Lew Funk's mission log states: 8-3-44 Brussels Belgium, Oil & Gas Depot 36 Aircrafts, 83 Tons Dropped, Results Fair No Aircrafts Lost, No KIA, No WIA, Considerable Flak Caught one piece, no big thing. Pilot Stewart, Ship #4748, Time 5:00
Primary Aircraft in view is Tail Number 52752 with several others below. This is an amazing image straight off the 4x5 negative taken by M/Sgt Lewis Funk.
This picture was taken over Jaywick in Essex England at as the aircrafts returned from their mission. The location was reported by Paul Rowland of Harthill England. maps.google.com/?ll=51.778143,1.087132&spn=0.037332,0...
Ship Number:42-52752 L/E 391BS
Pilot: Douglas E Culver
Crew - Acording to valortovictory.tripod.com/crews/Culver.htm
Nelson (R) (a write-in)
Online Comments on Flickr:
Sheley, D., Online posting, Sept 6, 2011
Note that the plane is also wearing the squadron code (4N-F) for the 833rd Bomb Squadron, 486th
Online Comment on Flickr:
Funk, John, Online Posting, Feb 15, 2013
Thanks to Paul Rowland from Harthill England. He placed this picture at Jaywick in Essex England. The coastline shows a square within a square on the ground in front of the letter S on the plane's wing. These were the roads of a newly built housing estate. This is a place called Jaywick in Essex. The estuary flowing into the sea is Point Clear Bay in Essex. The planes flew over this location on their way back to base at Mendlesham. You can find this location on Google Maps at maps.google.com/?ll=51.778143,1.087132&spn=0.037332,0... If you are a Google Earth user you can find a location file pinpointing the location at: productforums.google.com/d/topic/gec-historical-imagery/b... Bomb Group. The only info I can find on this plane was that it flew its first 486th mission on May 9,1944 and its last on May 30,1944. It received major battle damage on the 5/30/1944 mission.
It was never named as far as I can tell. I'm still trying to find out where it ended up after the 34th converted to B-17s.
Asher, G., Online posting, October 8, 2011
Absolutely impeccable photo - the kind I'm surprised has never been published before. Judging from the sunlight angle, this is probably taken on the return leg, and they're about to go "feet dry" over the coast of England... home, sweet home. Thank you so much for sharing these.