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Saturday, 15 October 2011

vidéo : "Clark Gable 8th USAAF 1943"

Thank Philippe for the information

Clark Gable was a superstar in Hollywood. In 1942, following the death of his wife Carole Lombard in an air crash, he became afraid of flying. However, Gable joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and followed successfully officer and air gunner training. He was posted in the UK where he flow combat missions on B-17. One of these mission was over Antwerp. 


During much of 1943, Major Clark Gable was stationed at Polebrook to
produce a recruiting film for aircraft gunners. While there, he flew five
combat missions as an observer. Much of the film was shot by MGM
cinematographer Andrew McIntyre, who not only accompanied Gable,
but who also enlisted with him in the USAAF.

Gable's first combat mission occurred on 4 May 43 flying with Capt W.R. Calhoun from the
303rd Bomb Group at Molesworth in the lead aircraft nicknamed 'Eight Ball II' #41-24635
and targeting Antwerp, Belgium. His second mission was on 15 Jun 43 flying with
Lt. Theodore. Argiropulos from the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook in the
aircraft 'Argonaut III' #42-29851 and targeting Villacoublay, France.
His third combat mission occurred on July 24, 1943 flying with
Lt.Col . Robert W. Burns from the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook
in 'Argonaut III' #2-29851 and bombing Heroya, Norway.
His fourth combat mission occurred 12 Aug 43 flying with Capt... plus