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Documents of the 340th Bomber Group

August 1943 Booklet Celebrating the Second Anniversary of the 340th Bomber Group. (6.5MB PDF)

August 1943 Booklet Celebrating the Second Anniversary of the 487th Bomb Squadron. (775KB PDF)

Public Relations Office - Historical Material - March/October 1943 (380KB PDF)

"Desert Campaign - The Story of the NINTH U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE in support of the British in AFRICA"
The book was produced by the 9th Army Air Force ca. 1943.
(This rare book is published here in it's entirety for the first time on the Internet - 3/9/08)



"The Battle of the Brenner"
The book was produced by the 57th Bomb Wing ca. 1945.
(This rare book is published here in it's entirety for the first time on the Internet - 12/24/08)

Or, download as a single 54MB PDF Battle of the Brenner


Letter of Mar. 25, 1943
From Abord Ship in the Arabian Sea
Crossing the Pacific
"If I ever get home..."

April 1943 One-Day Pass to Ishmalia, Egypt

Letter Jun. 9, 1943
Ice Cream and the Perfect War
Open Air Movies

Letter of Aug. 29, 1943
Warm Welcome by Sicilians
German Nuisance Raids

Letter of Oct. 1, 1943
"..its still a sight to see them take off..."

Letter of Nov. 2, 1943 (1.6 MB PDF)
Convoy to Foggia Without Brakes
Food Riot
Scotty Lost Over Hamburg

Letter of Nov. 11, 1943
Speaking Yiddish with the Axis soldiers

Letter of Dec. 1, 1943
"..cold as hell.."
"..stinks like hell.."
"..ain't no beer, either."

Letter of Feb. 16, 1944 (1.7 MB PDF)
Hymie Setzer's Job in the Service
When will war end? "Golden Gate in '48!"

V-Mail Letter of Mar. 10, 1944
Rest Camp on the Isle of Capri
Rest Camp Coupon Book

V-Mail Letter of Mar. 28, 1944
Passover Greetings

V-Mail Letter of Apr. 4, 1944
Eruption of Vesuvius

340th BG Stationary
Seasons Greetings from the 340th
Dog Tags

Letter of Mar. 25, 1945
Sabbath Services on Corsica

V-Mail Letter of May 3, 1945
Germany quits in Italy

V-Mail Letter of May 8, 1945
VE-Day

Letter of May 14,1945 from Riccione, Italy
German Raid On Alesani, Corsica




The letters above were written by Hymie to his brother, Mickey, during the war. Like Hymie, Mickey was called into service before the outbreak of the war. He found himself assigned to the post office at Norfork Naval Hospital. Mickey tried everything he could think of to get away from shore duty and into the action. However, his fate was (as Hymie put it) to "Fight the Battle of Portsmouth" until the war ended.

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Korsika-From the German Viewpoint

Catch-22, Joseph Heller and the 340th Bomb Group

Training for War

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