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Actress Vivian Leigh speaks to the 381st Bomb Group at Ridgewell, Hallstead, UK during the christening ceremonies for B-17G “Stage Door Canteen,” 21 Apr 1944. Also present were actors Alfred Lunt and Laurence Olivier.

Caption     Actress Vivian Leigh speaks to the 381st Bomb Group at Ridgewell, Hallstead, UK during the christening ceremonies for B-17G “Stage Door Canteen,” 21 Apr 1944. Also present were actors Alfred Lunt and Laurence Olivier. ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps
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B-17 Flying Fortress   Main article  Photos  Maps  
Photos on Same Day 21 Apr 1944
Photos at Same Place Hallstead, England, United Kingdom
Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
26 May 2019 10:49:55 PM

Vivian Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married at the time. The actual christening was done by Mary Churchill, daughter of the Prime Minister,using a bottle of Coca-Cola. The naming of the aircraft was linked to the opening of a Stage Door Canteen in London along the lines of the Stage Door Canteen in New York’s theater district.
2. Anonymous says:
30 Dec 2023 06:08:53 AM

There"s an article of the last flight of this aircraft in the November/December 2004 issue of THE HISTORY CHANNEL MAGAZINE. If you pursue this article and are unable to obtain, I heve it. Crashed on Isle of Man April 23, 1945.

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