Happy Mother’s Day: Blockbuster edition

Bombardiers and bomb technicians of the 7th Army Air Force photographed at Kwajalein in 1944 with a Mother’s day greeting for all the moms back on the homefront.

USAAF Photo No. 52453

Note the B-24 Liberator in the background and massive AN-M56 4000-pound demolition bombs (“Blockbusters’) in the foreground.
Captured from the Japanese in February of that year, by March 1944 the 7th AAF’s 11th, 30th, and 431st Bombardment Group (Heavy) were operating from Kwajalein throughout the summer and fall, plastering Guam, Truk Atoll, Wotje, Maloelap, and Wake Island. 

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