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Three Wisconsin soldiers pose in front of the nose art on their warplane, "Bedroom Commando," depicting a sleepwalker in a nightshirt and slippers, carrying a candle. Left to right are Crew Chief Sergeant Clyde Cheney (shirtless) of Milwaukee, Instrument Specialist Sergeant Leander A. Grosse (shirtless) of Cross Plains and Navigator and Bombardier Captain Sylvester Hoffman of Madison. Hoffman is wearing a leather bomber jacket, flying helmet and goggles. On the jacket is a patch with a skull and wings. The airfield is near Port Moresby, New Guinea (present day Papua New Guinea).


Image ID: 99966

Creation Date: 1943-11-30 

Creator Name: Doyle, Robert




Collection Name: Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, original

Original Format Number: M99-114, box 8, roll 15, neg 1507

Original Dimensions: 2.375 x 2.375 inches


Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.


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