376th Bomb Group Photography [Mechanic]
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Mechanic, Bernard
bulk 1940-1945
Physical Description:
0.1 Cubic feet
(2 folders)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of thirty-eight black and white photographs, mostly snapshots, relating to Sergeant Bernard Mechanic's service with the 376th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. The images include the following: Consolidated B-24 Liberators in-flight; images from his R&R leave to Tel Aviv; noseart; and images of Winston Churchill, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, and Field Marshall Archibald Wavell. There is also one graduation certificate for the Aerial Gunnery and Fire Control School at Wendover, Utah.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Technical Sergeant Bernard Mechanic was a gunner/radio operator with the 376th Bomb Group 9th Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal for his actions during Operation Tidal Wave on August 1, 1943, which was a raid on the Ploesti oil refineries. Due to navigation and pilot error as well as German aerial defenses, this raid suffered devastating losses, including 440 crew members killed and an additional 220 taken as prisoners of war.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Mark Machanic, Gift, 2016

Digital Content

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation
376th Bomb Group Photography [Mechanic], Accession 2016-0003, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rommel, Erwin,, 1891-1944 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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