Sometimes our archivists look for one document and find a little something extra! When archivist Alan Walker tried to track down a photograph of a 90mm antiaircraft gun for a World War II veteran, he couldn’t find one.
"I spent half the day trying to track down a decent shot of the antiaircraft gun Mr. Evans requested, and I came up empty. Then I read through his letter again. He and his gun crew set a record for downing 12 Japanese bombers over Rendova? Maybe they had been photographed after their feat; the military services are always on the lookout for a good story to tell the folks back home.
So I checked out series 127-GW, under the heading Rendova … and what do you know?”
There was the gun, and Mr. Evans, aged 22!
Mr. Evans was on the far left, behind the gun, and next to him were P Pvt. Roy E. Boone and Pfc. John S.Gembarowski.
Read the original request letter and the full story here: http://go.usa.gov/BByx