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Bombardier, the Movie

Bombardier was a movie about the training program for US Air Force bombardiers released in 1943. It was filmed mainly at Kirtland Army Air Field (formerly Albuquerque Army Air Base) in New Mexico, site of the first bombardier training school.

RKO Pictures began the film project in 1940 with full cooperation of the US Army Air Corps. It was in production from October 12 to December 18, 1942, with six weeks of filming at Kirtland. Aviation cadets in training at the base were extras in the film and veteran aircrews assigned to the school as instructors flew the B-17s in formation shots seen at the end of the film.

Anne Shirley plays the character Burton “Burt” Hughes, a secretary who is the daughter of an Air Corps general and the field’s former owner. Bombardier premiered on May 14, 1943, at Kirtland AAB. In 1993, 50 years after its first release, a color version was released.

My dad had his picture taken with Anne Shirley. One picture was published in the Sub-Depot Notes publication. See photo 6 on the third page. The caption is

“Now look here, sergeant” (and who wouldn’t.) “1st Sgt.” Anne assumes a top-kick’s pose before two members of the 383rd School Squadron.

My dad, George Edwin Farrar, is the one seated on the left side of photo 6 on page 3.

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Photos of my dad with Anne Shirley from his collection

George Edwin Farrar on left with movie Star Anne Shirley 383rd School Squadron in Albuquerque, New Mexico

George Edwin Farrar on left with movie Star Anne Shirley
383rd School Squadron in Albuquerque, New Mexico

and

George Edwin Farrar and Movie Star Anne Shirley

George Edwin Farrar and Movie Star Anne Shirley

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2016

Hollywood Comes to Albuquerque

My dad, George Edwin Farrar, spent time at the 383rd School Squadron in Albuquerque, New Mexico before heading overseas with the 384th Bombardment Group of the Eighth Air Force.  While in Albuquerque he had his photo made with Hollywood movie star Anne Shirley.

George Edwin Farrar and Movie Star Anne Shirley

George Edwin Farrar and Movie Star Anne Shirley

Another photo of my dad and Anne Shirley.  The man on the right and the man in the background are not identified.

George Edwin Farrar on left with movie Star Anne Shirley 383rd School Squadron in Albuquerque, New Mexico

George Edwin Farrar on left with movie Star Anne Shirley
383rd School Squadron in Albuquerque, New Mexico

He was even able to get her autograph…

Movie Star Anne Shirley's Autograph

Movie Star Anne Shirley’s Autograph

My dad also crossed paths with Margie Stewart, the official poster girl of the United States Army during WWII.

George Edwin Farrar with official United States Army Poster Girl Margie Stewart

George Edwin Farrar with official United States Army Poster Girl Margie Stewart

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2014

 

 

383rd School Squadron News

When my dad, George Edwin Farrar, was in Thompson Sub-machine gun , aka Tommy gun, training with the 383rd School Squadron, he was such a good shot that he earned the nickname “Tommy”.  The base newsletter noted:

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Lfc. Farrar made high score of the class with the Thompson Sub-Machine gun on the range.  (Gee guys, better not fool with his gals).

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013