Roamy here. A co-worker’s father was a B-17 navigator in the 8th Air Force during WW2. He brought in a cigar box, and what a humble little treasure chest it was. There were patches, pins, and insignia, but the most fascinating items were these bomb tags.
There were a handful more, and there’s one for each mission he flew, with a little note on each. “Milk Run”, “Rough”, the various towns. There were maps as well, with his notes. I had no idea Schweinfurt was so important, but I am told there were ball bearing factories there which were vital for tanks and aircraft production. I like the one in the bottom left corner of the frame. V-E Day. What a flight that must have been – I guess the anti-aircraft guns were finally silent.