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Brief Magazine [Planes over Truk Lagoon]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.247 Author/Creator: Brief Magazine Place Written: Mariana Islands Type: Magazine Date: circa 1943-1945 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.8 x 22.2 cm.

Summary of Content: A magazine clipping of a photo of planes flying with a map of Truk. The caption readings "7th AAF Liberators fly over the Truk lagoon, with 25 miles of key targets visible below." The reverse side has a graphic of the "Pacific Pattern."

Background Information: Robert "Bob" Stone was a Bombardier in World War II and served in the Pacific Front. These letters, were compiled by Bob's wife, Sheila M. Stone, and Ali Adair into ...a book named Letters in a Box. This book details Bob's service to his country, and his life after the war. Bob's letters were donated to the collection by his wife, Sheila M. Stone, in 2017. It contains a variety of letters, postcards, patches, pins, photographs, and scrapbooks that relate to Bob's training and combat missions. See More


Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IIMilitary ServicePhotographyAviationAir ForceUS Army Air Forces

Sub Era: World War II

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