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Lead Crew - Mission #52
24 July 1943
Heroya, Norway
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B-17F Satan's Workshop #42-29931 (360BS) PU-L
103rd PBCW Low Lead - Pilot Maj L.E. Lyle / CoPilot Lt D.S. Clifton

(Back L-R) 2Lt John L. Garvey (TG-O), 1Lt Howard R. Wright (N),
1Lt Davis S. Clifton (CP), Maj Lewis E. Lyle (P), 1Lt Nathan J. Rosenblum (N),
1Lt Bernard Rice (B), S/Sgt John B. Mitchell (BT)

(Front L-R) T/Sgt Eugene D. Morrison (R), S/Sgt Rodolfo A. Villareal (OBS),
T/Sgt Carroll P. Doss (E), S/Sgt Anthony Compo (LWG), S/Sgt Jimmie E. Jameson (RWG)

The Heroya, Norway mission -- over 2,000 miles round trip -- was a classic "textbook" mission. It was one of the most successful missions of the war. The plant, considered essential to the German war effort, had just been completed. The dedication ceremony was taking place as the bombs began to drop. Destruction was so complete that the plant never opened. Many top-ranking German and Norwegian collaborators attending the dedication ceremony were killed.

[photo from the Peter M. Curry Collection - identification by Mark Forlow]
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]