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34th Bombardment Group Diary and Photograph McKeon
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
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.
Karen McKeon, Gift, 2017
0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))
No restrictions on access.
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.
Diaries -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
34th Bombardment Group
34th Bombardment Group Diary and Photograph [McKeon], Accession 2017-0040, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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