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"There was not a moment when we were not aware that we were probably the luckiest guys in the world." (Audio interview, 21:23)

   Roy Teifeld
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War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 34th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Air Force
Service Location: Camp Grant, Illinois; Florida; Lowry Field, Colorado; Morris Field, North Carolina; Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma; France; European Theater
Rank: Corporal
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Arriving in England in 1944, as part of the 34th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron serving in the European Theater, Roy Teifeld had a very important job: produce reconnaissance photographs to aid in the imminent invasion of France. Following D-Day, his squadron was transferred to the front in August, in order to follow the Army along the front. Through it all, they were fervently appreciative of their job, which was critically important, but did not involve serving in a combat role.

Interview (Audio)
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»A history of the Photo Reconnaissance Squadrons of World War II by Roy Teifeld's wife, Bernice Crown Teifeld
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Permanent assignment to the 34th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron; receiving equipment; training. (06:11) Transport to England; first missions over France; “dice-ing” missions—flying very low; gathering all available intelligence; strategies to capture as much information as possible within the photographs. (06:17) 

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