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The 34th Bombardment Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy invasion by bombing airfields and coastal defenses in France, and continued to support ground forces as they moved eastwards.

Identifier

NASM.2017.0040

Creator

McKeon, Patrick

Date

bulk 1944-1945

Provenance

Karen McKeon, Gift, 2017

Extent

0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Diaries

Photographic prints

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the target bomb run diary (three typewritten pages) of Patrick McKeon, a bombardier for the 8th Air Force, 34th Bombardment Group from May 24, 1944 to January 2, 1945. The collection also contains one 8 by 10 inch black and white photograph of the 34th Bombardment group's Belchin' Bessie Consolidated B-24 Liberator with five of its crew posed by the nose art, including McKeon on far right.

Genre/Form

Diaries -- 20th century

Photographic prints

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Topics World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
Aeronautics
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
34th Bombardment Group

Citation

34th Bombardment Group Diary and Photograph [McKeon], Accession 2017-0040, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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