Lou Prucha WWII Service   


Group of Three photos of Lou Prucha
while he was stationed at A-55 - Melun, France.
Date Printed: 25-Jan-1945,
Probable Photo Date Range: 21-Sep-1944 to 25-Jan-1945.
Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Me, as usual."

Description: 2nd. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha next to troop truck.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Me, as usual."

Description: (Back of Photo) 2nd. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha next to troop truck.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Buck and I."

Description: 2nd. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha and Buck in front of flagpole.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Buck and I."

Description: (Back of Photo) 2nd. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha and Buck in front of flagpole.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "going to Briefing"

Description: 2nd. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in back of troop truck.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "going to Briefing"

Description: (Back of Photo) 2nd. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in back of troop truck.

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Six individual photos while Lou Prucha was stationed in France,
probably either station A-55 (Melun) or A-69 (Laon).
Probable Photo Date Range: 6-Dec-1944 to 26-Apr-1945.
Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Left to Right.
Shaft - Bomb.
Mazinic - Intelligence
Parkhurst - Pilot
Parker - Pilot.
Me.
"

Description: 668th Personell:
Lt. Robert E. Shaft - Bombadier/Navigator
Lt. Frank Mazanec - Intelligence Officer
[Lt.] George Parkhusrt - Pilot
[Lt.] Paul E. Parker - Pilot
Lt. Lumir Joseph Prucha - Pilot.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Left to Right.
Shaft - Bomb.
Mazinic - Intelligence
Parkhurst - Pilot
Parker - Pilot.
Me.
"

Description: (Back of Photo) 668th Personell:
Lt. Robert E. Shaft - Bombadier/Navigator
Lt. Frank Mazanec - Intelligence Officer
[Lt.] George Parkhusrt - Pilot
[Lt.] Paul E. Parker - Pilot
Lt. Lumir Joseph Prucha - Pilot.

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Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Old 274 on takeoff
Guess who's flying?
"

Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S, S/N: 41-39274) on takeoff, Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha piloting.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Old 274 on takeoff
Guess who's flying?
"

Description: (Back of Photo) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S, S/N: 41-39274) on takeoff, Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha piloting.

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Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Group of Four photos taken while Lou Prucha was stationed in France,
probably either station A-55 (Melun) or A-69 (Laon).
Probable Photo Date Range: 6-Dec-1944 to 26-Apr-1945.
Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Just before a mission. We ran into so much flak, Ferguson forgot to take any pictures of it an just kept calling it out to me."

Description: Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in an A-26 cockpit.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Just before a mission. We ran into so much flak, Ferguson forgot to take any pictures of it an just kept calling it out to me."

Description: (Back of Photo) Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in an A-26 cockpit.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "My two crew chiefs in front and my armorer on top of Sugar Baby."

Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) with 2 crew chiefs and armorer.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "My two crew chiefs in front and my armorer on top of Sugar Baby."

Description: (Back of Photo) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) with 2 crew chiefs and armorer.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson"

Description: Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson with flight helmet and goggles, standing near a tent.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson"

Description: (Back of Photo) Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson with flight helmet and goggles, standing near a tent.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson by his front door."

Description: Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson standing outside the front door of his tent.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson by his front door."

Description: (Back of Photo) Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson standing outside the front door of his tent.

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Group of Sixteen photos taken while Lou Prucha was stationed at A-69 - Laon, France.
Probable Photo Date Range: 10-Feb-1945 to 25-May-1945.
Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Me
Van Brink
Norris
------------
That's my battle jacket, sweets.
I bought two like that.
"

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha, ? Van Brink and Earl J. Norris at base A-69, Laon, France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Me
Van Brink
Norris
------------
That's my battle jacket, sweets.
I bought two like that.
"

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha, ? Van Brink and Earl J. Norris at base A-69, Laon, France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Just before take off."

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in an A-26 cockpit, probably "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Just before take off."

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in an A-26 cockpit, probably "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Me in "Sugar B.""

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in an A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) cockpit.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Me in "Sugar B.""

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in an A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) cockpit.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "I took this of Ferguson when he was sitting beside me over Koln."

Description: Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson in A-26 cockpit (probably "Sugar Baby" (5H-S)) during a mission flight.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "I took this of Ferguson when he was sitting beside me over Koln."

Description: (Back of Photo) Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson in A-26 cockpit (probably "Sugar Baby" (5H-S)) during a mission flight.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson in some captured Kraut Equipment."

Description: Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson at base A-69, Laon, France, with German uniform and equipment.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson in some captured Kraut Equipment."

Description: (Back of Photo) Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson at base A-69, Laon, France, with German uniform and equipment.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson & 'Sugar Baby'"

Description: Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson at base A-69, Laon, France in front of A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson & 'Sugar Baby'"

Description: (Back of Photo) Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson at base A-69, Laon, France in front of A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Just before we took off for the Rhine River
"Eva Mae"
Carver's ship
"

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha and Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson at base A-69, Laon, France in front of A-26B "Eva Mae", Lt. James A. Carver's ship.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Just before we took off for the Rhine River
"Eva Mae"
Carver's ship
"

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha and Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson at base A-69, Laon, France in front of A-26B "Eva Mae", Lt. James A. Carver's ship.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "A crew chief on "Eva Mae"
Sugar Baby is the 2nd one down you can see
"

Description: A crew chief on wing of A-26B "Eva Mae".

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "A crew chief on "Eva Mae"
Sugar Baby is the 2nd one down you can see
"

Description: (Back of Photo) A crew chief on wing of A-26B "Eva Mae".

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Paris"

Description: Street in Paris.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Paris"

Description: (Back of Photo) Street in Paris.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "A street scene in Paris."

Description: Street in Paris.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "A street scene in Paris."

Description: (Back of Photo) Street in Paris.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Street in Paris"

Description: Street in Paris.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Street in Paris"

Description: (Back of Photo) Street in Paris.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Whoops, this was on the way back to Laon from Paris and we had to stop for a minute"

Description: Taking a break on the trip from Paris back to base A-69, Laon, France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Whoops, this was on the way back to Laon from Paris and we had to stop for a minute"

Description: (Back of Photo) Taking a break on the trip from Paris back to base A-69, Laon, France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "I think this is Cologne (Koln). The cathedral is on the extreme left."

Description: View of Cologne, Germany from plane cockpit. A spire of the Cologne Cathedral is visible at the far left.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "I think this is Cologne (Koln). The cathedral is on the extreme left."

Description: (Back of Photo) View of Cologne, Germany from plane cockpit. A spire of the Cologne Cathedral is visible at the far left.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "The Rhine River thru the Bomb Bay."

Description: The Rhine River thru the Bomb Bay.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "The Rhine River thru the Bomb Bay."

Description: (Back of Photo) The Rhine River thru the Bomb Bay.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Pontoise taken at about 300 miles per hour."

Description: Pontoise taken from plane cockpit, flying about 300 miles per hour.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Pontoise taken at about 300 miles per hour."

Description: (Back of Photo) Pontoise taken from plane cockpit, flying about 300 miles per hour.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Laon: close to my 2nd home base in France"

Description: Laon, France, near base A-69, taken from plane cockpit.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Laon: close to my 2nd home base in France"

Description: (Back of Photo) Laon, France, near base A-69, taken from plane cockpit.

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Two individual photos of 416th Bombardment Group A-26 aircraft taken in flight.
Probable Photo Date Range: 6-Dec-1944 to 26-Apr-1945.


Description: 416th Bomb Group A-26, Aircraft letter "Y".

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Description: (Zoom) 416th Bomb Group A-26, Aircraft letter "Y".

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Description: View of an A-26 from the Bomb Bay after bombs had been dropped.

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Group of Eight photos of a 416th Bombardment Group bombing mission.
Probable Photo Date Range: 6-Dec-1944 to 26-Apr-1945.


Description: 416th Bomb Group bombing mission formation. Aircraft in center is number F6-G from the 670th Bomb Squadron.

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Description: (Zoom) 416th Bomb Group bombing mission formation. Aircraft in center is number F6-G from the 670th Bomb Squadron.

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Description: 416th Bomb Group bombing mission formation, bombs beginning to drop. Aircraft in center is number F6-G from the 670th Bomb Squadron.

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Description: (Zoom) 416th Bomb Group bombing mission formation. Zoom on Aircraft number F6-G from the 670th Bomb Squadron.

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Description: (Zoom) 416th Bomb Group bombing mission formation. Zoom on tail of Aircraft number F6-G from the 670th Bomb Squadron - possible tail number 322334.

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Description: 416th Bomb Group bombing mission formation, bombs released (see bombs in clouds) and bomb bay doors closing. Aircraft in center is number F6-G from the 670th Bomb Squadron.

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Description: (Zoom) 416th Bomb Group bombing mission formation. Zoom on Aircraft number F6-G from the 670th Bomb Squadron.

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Description: 416th Bomb Group bombing mission, bombs dropping through clouds.

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Description: 416th Bomb Group bombing mission, clouds and landscape.

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Description: 416th Bomb Group bombing mission, landscape with bomb craters.

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Description: 416th Bomb Group bombing mission, landscape with bomb craters.

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Description: 416th Bomb Group bombing mission, landscape with bomb craters.

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Single photo of Lou Prucha in Paris,
taken while he was stationed at A-55 - Melun, France.
Photo probably taken in November, 1944, Date Printed: 25-Jan-1945,
Possible Photo Date Range: 21-Sep-1944 to 25-Jan-1945.
Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Me, in Paris by the Red Cross Building"

Description: 2nd. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in front of the Red Cross building in Paris, France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Me, in Paris by the Red Cross Building"

Description: (Back of Photo) 2nd. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha in front of the Red Cross building in Paris, France.

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Group of Thirteen photos of Paris sights taken
while Lou Prucha was stationed at A-55 - Melun, France.
Date Printed: 22-Jan-1945,
Probable Photo Date Range: 21-Sep-1944 to 22-Jan-1945.


Description: "Dome Des Invalides" Church, Paris, France.

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Description: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

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Description: View from below the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

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Description: Lt. Warren Forma in front of Eiffel Tower, Paris France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Effiel Tower."

Description: Lt. Warren Forma in front of Eiffel Tower, Paris France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Effiel Tower."

Description: (Back of Photo) Lt. Warren Forma in front of Eiffel Tower, Paris France.

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Description: Lt. Warren Forma in front of Eiffel Tower, Paris France.

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Description: Lt. Warren Forma outside "Opera Garnier"?, Paris France.

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Description: Lt. Warren Forma in front of Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Award of D. F. C. to Forma"

Description: Lt. Warren Forma receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) Award.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Award of D. F. C. to Forma"

Description: (Back of Photo) Lt. Warren Forma receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) Award.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Award of D. F. C. to Forma"

Description: (Zoom) Lt. Warren Forma receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.) Award - Zoomed view.

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Description: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Paris, 1945"

Description: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Paris, 1945"

Description: (Back of Photo) Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

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Description: "Place de la Concorde" square, Paris, France.

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Description: Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, France.

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Group of Six photos of Lou Prucha on leave in Cannes, France (March 12-19, 1945),
while stationed at A-69 - Laon, France.
Probable Photo Date Range: 12-Mar-1945 to 19-Mar-1945.
Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "By Headquarters near the sea."

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. In front of the US Headquarters - Riviera Recreational Center, Martinez Hotel.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "By Headquarters near the sea."

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. In front of the US Headquarters - Riviera Recreational Center, Martinez Hotel.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Another view of H. Q."

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. In front of the US Headquarters - Riviera Recreational Center, Martinez Hotel.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Another view of H. Q."

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. In front of the US Headquarters - Riviera Recreational Center, Martinez Hotel.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Same as the one marked X
I love you, my darling wife.
"

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. At the beach.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Same as the one marked X
I love you, my darling wife.
"

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. At the beach.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "This is taken about 3 ft above the Sea on a strip running out about 40 ft to the sail boats."

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. At the beach.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "This is taken about 3 ft above the Sea on a strip running out about 40 ft to the sail boats."

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. At the beach.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "The guy behind me is (guess what)
The big place behind be is where we stayed.
"

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. At the beach.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "The guy behind me is (guess what)
The big place behind be is where we stayed.
"

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. At the beach.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "at the Chierio, sweets."

Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. In a bar or restaurant.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "at the Chierio, sweets."

Description: (Back of Photo) 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha on leave in Cannes, France. In a bar or restaurant.

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Group of Twelve photos of battle damage on the ground,
probably taken after V-E Day (May 8, 1945)
while Lou Prucha remained in France before returning to the U.S.
Probable Photo Date Range: 8-May-1945 to 8-Sep-1945.


Description: Ground view of battle damage.

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Description: Roosevelt Rhine River Bridge sign.

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Description: Venlo Bridge sign.

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Description: Planes in flight (Possibly German?).

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Description: Roosevelt Rhine River Bridge sign with bridge in background.

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Description: Windmill.

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Description: Bombed bridge with temporary replacement.

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Description: River view with military boats.

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Description: Bombed bridge with temporary replacement.

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Description: Bombed building.

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Description: River view with military boats.

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Description: Bombed building.

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Duplicated/Zoomed photos of A-26B "Sugar Baby", Aircraft number 5H-S, Serial number 41-39274,
showing 4 variations of nose art:
- Name only.
- Name and about 12 "Mission count bombs".
- Name with vertical baby dropping a bomb.
- Horizontal baby dropping a bomb, no name.
Probable Photo Date Range: 6-Dec-1944 to 25-May-1945.
Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "My two crew chiefs in front and my armorer on top of Sugar Baby."

Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) with 2 crew chiefs and armorer.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "My two crew chiefs in front and my armorer on top of Sugar Baby."

Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) nose zoom. Nose art consists of only name but no picture of a baby or bomb and has no "mission count bombs".

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Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) nose zoom. Nose art consists of name with vertical baby dropping a bomb. but no "mission count bombs".

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Old 274 on takeoff
Guess who's flying?
"

Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S, S/N: 41-39274) on takeoff, Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha piloting.

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Old 274 on takeoff
Guess who's flying?
"

Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S, S/N: 41-39274) nose zoom. Nose art consists of name with vertical baby dropping a bomb. Cannot distinguish if there is are "mission count bombs".

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Old 274 on takeoff
Guess who's flying?
"

Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S, S/N: 41-39274) on takeoff, Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha piloting.

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Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) nose zoom. Nose art consists of horizontal baby dropping a bomb, but no name or "mission count bombs".

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Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) nose zoom. Nose art consists of horizontal baby dropping a bomb, but no name or "mission count bombs".

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Description: A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) nose zoom. Nose art consists of horizontal baby dropping a bomb, but no name or "mission count bombs".

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson & 'Sugar Baby'"

Description: Sgt. Leland C. Ferguson at base A-69, Laon, France in front of A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Lumir J. Prucha Caption: "Ferguson & 'Sugar Baby'"

Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) nose zoom. Nose art consists of only name but no picture of a baby or bomb and has no "mission count bombs".

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Description: 1st. Lt. Lumir "Lou" J. Prucha and A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S).

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Description: (Zoom) A-26B "Sugar Baby" (5H-S) nose zoom. Nose art consists of only name and shows about 12 "mission count bombs", but no picture of a baby or bomb.

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Photos of "Sugar Baby" originally taken by a USAAF cameraman assigned to the 416th BG, who's name was Cachat. Mr. Andy Fluxe acquired and digitized them, and sent copies to Carl Sgamboti, who posted them on his website "416th Bombardment Group (L) Photo Gallery".


Description: The "Original" Sugar Baby - The A-20 model aircraft with the name "Sugar Baby". Photo dated 28-Apr-44.

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Description: Just before takeoff, likely for 416th BG Mission # 279. Lou did not fly this mission, so he was not the pilot. Photo dated 20-Mar-45.

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Description: Sugar Baby on the Tarmac. Photo dated 22-Mar-45.

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Description: Sugar Baby on the Tarmac. Photo dated 22-Mar-45 (?).

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