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You finished the caption Charlie! (Charlie Hoy)
34th PRS Photo Lab staffer Joe Santelli tickles the ivorys while "B" Flight pilot Charlie Hoy does his deer caught in the headlites routine, or could he be feeling his "Christmas Cheer?" Photo Labs Robert Scobey croons along on the right at the squadron's Christmas 1944 bash. Lt. Hoy pulled special duty as Special Services Officer for this occasion. Charlie recalls, "I managed to find a nice hall in Nancy, France for the event. We were at Manoncourt-en-Vermois south of town. Nancy hadn't been hurt too bad...they even had a public bath. You could line up for one, then go to the Red Cross Club around the corner and play a bit of ping pong!" (Charlie Hoy)

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 shear 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 Joe's...the photo reconnaissance squadrons.

Armed only with a camera, the photo reconnaissance squadrons were the eyes of the allied armies. 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.

P.S. Thanks Pop...you're my hero.

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 the squadron members, their families, members of our sister squadrons, fellow aviation authors and historians and individual supporters...you have helped make the 34th PRS Online the best source for education and preservation of the vital role our eyes of the Allies played in the Second World War.

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testimony to their pioneering work in aerial photographic reconnaissance through the preservation
of their history and the telling of their timeless story.

"Thanks Pop...you're my hero." (Thom Myers)