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Published as an unofficial history of the Group's activities from activation to completion of 258 Combat Missions in the European Theatre of Operations, through the courtesy of the Officers' Club, whose Board of Governors made available funds to apply against publication costs on copies for distribution to members of the 447th Group who were on its rosters as of the dates of departure from the E. T. 0. for the Z. of I.
This pictorial, and unofficial, history of the 447th Bombardment Group is not as complete as its editors would have liked it to be, due to the fact that the work of preparing and assembling it had to be done by the very limited staff on hand at Drew Field, Florida, whose primary task was the job of deactivating the Group.
So it was prepared amid considerable confusion by the short handed staff and using as much of the material as could be found among the Group and Squadron records.
The editors have used every possible photo whether of personnel, combat crews, ground crews, social activities, etc. that could be found. Without doubt, many other photos exist, but these were not on hand at the time the history was prepared.
-The Editors [Captains Surridge and Dooley]
United States Air Force, World War 1939-1945, Regimental histories, 447th Bombardment Group (H), 708th Bombardment Squadron, 709th Bombardment Squadron, 710th Bombardment Squadron, 711th Bombardment Squadron, 666th Material Squadron, 842nd Engineer Squadron, 871st Chemical Company
Surridge, Estley K.; Dooley, Edward C.; and United States Army Air Forces, "Pictorial history of the 447th Bombardment Group (H)" (1946). World War Regimental Histories. 107.
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