Friday, July 07, 2006

Tricia Goyer research photos!

I have a guest blog by Tricia Goyer on my main blog, Camy's Loft.

As something unique and different for my blog (because she likes me! :)) Tricia gave me some pictures that some World War II veterans sent her while she was researching for her novel. Not everyone has broadband, so I posted them here on my scrapbook blog.

Here’s what Tricia has to say about them:

One of my favorite parts of researching is connecting with veterans. While researching for Arms of Deliverance, I found some amazing men from the 91st Bomb Group, based in England.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the photos they sent to me to help with my research. These are the photos that helped as I wrote my scenes. Are they cool or what?!


This is an illustration of the pilot's control panel sent to me by veteran
John Howland of the 91st Bomb Group.

This is an example of the shirt and pants of an OD uniform sent to me by veteran John Howland. He said, "It wasn't very attractive, but it was wool and it was warm in that harsh English climate."
These are photos of the Norden bombsight and the tracks for 50 cal ammunition fed to the twin 50 chin turret below the bombardier. Also visible is the astrodome used by the navigator and the navigator's table. The photos were sent to me by John Howland. They all play a part in "Arms of Deliverance."

Here's a picture of a WW-II throat mike sent to me by John Howland.

Here is a link to the official website of Liege, Belgium, sent to me by my
Belgian friend, Roger Marquet.

Here are interior photos of a B-17. They were sent to me by Joe Harlick and TAKEN by Joe Harlick during WWII. Here is what Joe had to say:

"The first is snap looking forward from the tail wheel. It shows the two waist guns, the top of the ball turret, and into the radio room. The second is looking from the radio room towards the tail wheel of the two waist gunners in action.

"The third is a photo of me loading a K-17 Bomb Strike Camera in the camera pit under the radio room floor One third of our planes, on each mission, carried a bomb strike camera. The cameras are all preset for shutter speed and " f stop " exposure settings. They would be turned on at bombs away and make an exposure every 6 seconds, then rewind the film. They would continue running until well beyond the target that was hit. The particular camera in the photo makes a 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch negative. We would pick up the film magazine as soon as one of the planes landed and rush it back to the photo lab, process the film, make wet prints from wet negatives. These were hand carried to the commanding officer and woud be referred to during crew interrogation after the mission. They would have immediate answers as to the weather condition, if they hit the target, and an estimate of the damage to the target."

Here is a photo of a Navigator sent to me by Joe Harlick and TAKEN by Joe Harlick during WWII. This was my inspiration for Eddie!

These are more photos from Joe Harlick. Each photo has a caption.

Joe said, "You will find that 99% of my photos are black & white, color film was rare and used mostly by the PR photographers from London. Some individuals had 35 MM Kodachrome film sent to them from the states. The flight crews were not supposed to carry camera's on a mission, but some officers did, especially the latter part of the war."

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