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Photo Lab's Roy Teifeld at work with copy camera. (Roy Teifeld)
Winter 1944/45 - The basement of the Chateau in Lupcourt, France was the home of the Photo Lab of the 34th Photo Recon Squadron. It is here that the backbone of the 34th PRS was found hard at work around the clock. The Lab maintained three shifts developing and processing prints for not only the 34th PRS but the 32nd PRS, the French Air Force and the entire Provisional Reconnaissance Group of the XII Tactical Air Force. Seen here is PFC Roy Teifeld of Ground Camera working on the squadron's copy enlarger camera. Of note in this photo: the steamer storage trunk which held the copy enlarger camera (doubling as a stand), work tables on the left with developing paper, paper cutter and developing trays under a red safety bulb. The 34th PRS moved up-to the lines the first week of November 1944 for what was expected to be a short stay, but found themselves quartered there until Spring 1945. Taken in by the citizens of Azelot-Lupcourt, the 34th operated from an unimproved airfield atop a hill designated as A-95 but otherwise known as "Mudville." (Roy Teifeld)

Welcome to the Official Home of the 34th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, ETO (1944-45)

As the air war raged over Europe, men became legendary for their courage and self-sacrifice. Schweinfurt, Ploesti, and the dams along the Ruhr are some of the places synonymous with their bravery, courage and sheer determination in the face of brutal resistance by the Luftwaffe. While individual fighter pilots received praise from the American press, and bomb groups were lauded for their bravery over the targets; working quietly in the background, alone and unarmed, were the "Photo Joes", the photo reconnaissance squadrons.

Although photo reconnaissance as a whole was generally unheard of in the ranks, military planners knew all too well the critical role of aerial surveillance. This key importance has been quantified by many, but none perhaps nearly as eloquent as Col. Karl L. Polifka (USAF), "The average fighter pilot, if he's lucky, knocks down ten enemy planes before his flying career is over. The average photo reconnaissance pilot at the end of fifty missions will have photographed a thousand targets which is a hell of a lot more important."

Armed only with cameras, the photo reconnaissance squadrons were the eyes of the allied armies in every theater and over every battlefield. Without the dedicated and selfless devotion of these proud men, many more brave sons would have lost their lives on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. Without them, even the simplest campaign would have been impossible.

This website dedicated to those men. Thank you for all that you did -- we owe our world in no small part to you.

We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all of our kind contributors and supporters for helping us bring this story to the world wide web. Thanks to the gracious contributions of squadron members, their families, our sister squadrons, fellow aviation historians and individual supporters...you have helped make the 34th PRS Online, and it's sister websites, the single best source of information on photo reconnaissance in World War II. All submissions and donations will be fully credited when featured as part of this website and future projects. Contact us via info@34thprs.org for more information on how to make monetary, photo or physical contributions and donations to our organization.
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"Thanks Pop...you're my hero." (Thom Myers)