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19th / 22nd / 33rd Bomb Groups, Australia & Papua New Guinea ------> "Red Raiders"

Saving some very old negatives that survived a war and then a flood where stacks of negatives were stuck together into a solid stack. Most needed lots of work to get this far...many are far from perfect, but do show the people and equipment of this harsh period in our past.

The photographs survived where many of the subjects did not.

Thanks to my friend Dan Moffett who saved his negatives from his service days and made sure I got them in his will

Much later, I made friends with Joe "Tony" Marotta who was also stationed in Australia with Red Raiders,
Joe had several more photos and stories to share with me

USAAF 22nd Bomb Group manned B-26 Mauraders and B-25 Mitchells from 1940 until 1943 when it was given B-24 Liberators and moved north to Papua, New Guinea, and to Nadzab

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Martin B-26 Marauder, Australia 1940-1943
Martin B-26 Marauder, Australia 1940-1943
B-25, Australia 1940-43
B-25, Australia 1940-43
B-24 Liberator
B-24 Liberator
Martin B-26 Marauder, Australia 1940-1943
Martin B-26 Marauder, Australia 1940-1943
B-24 engine swap
B-24 engine swap
B-25, Australia 1940-43
B-25, Australia 1940-43
B-24 Top turret gun maintenance ~ Papua New Guinea  1943+
B-24 Top turret gun maintenance ~ Papua New Guinea 1943+
Some Red Raiders in ordnance ~ Australia
Some Red Raiders in ordnance ~ Australia
 Martin B-26 Marauder... nose gear collapsed on landing, Australia 1940-1943
Martin B-26 Marauder... nose gear collapsed on landing, Australia 1940-1943
Missions go nowhere without the ground crew
Missions go nowhere without the ground crew
You have your orders...
You have your orders...
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