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79th FG 87th FS debriefing at Cappedichino Italy


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Aloha Everyone,

 

These photos were taken from a film made by the 4th AAFCCU on January 22nd, 1944 at Cappedichino Italy.

 

The film No. is 997B P-40's at ANZIO

 

The film begins with a briefing by Capt. Bain of the 87th Fighter Squadron speaking to the men of HQ Squadron about the landings at Anzio - Nettuno. He is wearing the insignia of the 87th on his flight jacket.

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Nice photos and I bet the film they came from is very interesting. I got out my 79th Fighter Group yearbook and found the photo you see below. Obviously taken at the same time in the same briefing. I went through the unit roster and the man in your first photo is Maj. Eustace H. Bane and he was the intel officer for the 87th FS. In the other pics and the one I posted, the pipe chomping briefer is Maj Orval D. Hunter and he was Group intel officer.

 

Will

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Nice photos and I bet the film they came from is very interesting. I got out my 79th Fighter Group yearbook and found the photo you see below. Obviously taken at the same time in the same briefing. I went through the unit roster and the man in your first photo is Maj. Eustace H. Bane and he was the intel officer for the 87th FS. In the other pics and the one I posted, the pipe chomping briefer is Maj Orval D. Hunter and he was Group intel officer.

 

Will

 

That photo is definately from the same day. This is a good example of unintentional mis-information when looking at contemporary resources. The yearbook caption calls this a 'briefing', when the film clearly shows that it's an after action debriefing. The pilots are shown landing, coming to the tent in a weapons carrier, piling out, and then going over the details of the dogfighting & claims by their flight over the beach head at Anzio.

 

This also occurred on 22 JAN 1944, not February.

 

Quite often when I am doing research, official records, contemporary accounts and later recollections in memoirs do not match up. It's always rewarding when you trip over actual documentation (a film source in this case).

 

This film has sound too, with the pilots calling each other by name as they excitely jab at each other over their claims and close calls.

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This is the ground crew briefing by then-Capt. Bane. The officer to his left is telling the men that Wing has a policy of telling the ground crews exactly what is happening up front so that they can better understand what they are doing to help the war effort.

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and this is 'Jack', showing where he claimed one damaged before running out of ammunition near Rome, and then fleeing from 10 FW's and Me-109's with two other squadron pilots.

 

Guess they pissed off the Luftwaffe on this sortie...... ;)

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Aloha Everyone,

 

These photos were taken from a film made by the 4th AAFCCU on January 22nd, 1944 at Cappedichino Italy.

 

The film No. is 997B P-40's at ANZIO

 

The film begins with a briefing by Capt. Bain of the 87th Fighter Squadron speaking to the men of HQ Squadron about the landings at Anzio - Nettuno. He is wearing the insignia of the 87th on his flight jacket.

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