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"Bedroom Commando"

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Title: "Bedroom Commando"
Description: 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
November 30, 1943 
Doyle, Robert
Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995
Genre: Photograph
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.
Subjects: Mascots
Signs and symbols
Caricatures and cartoons
Airplane, Military
Armed Forces
Military uniforms
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
Portraits, Group
Military bases
Protective clothing
Air bases

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