Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:


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

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access


McKeon, Patrick

Physical description

.05 cubic feet (1 folder)


  • 1944
  • 1944-1945
  • 20th century


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.

Cite as

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

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


  • Diaries
  • Collection descriptions
  • Photographic prints

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