COMPANY B, 30TH

TOPOGRAPHIC ENGINEERS

FORT BELVOIR, VA

SEPTEMBER 1941


PUBLISHED IN MEMORY OF

"SGT. FRANCIS (Buddy) L. HOFFMANN"

ARMY SERIAL # 32 107 500 FOR HIS

CONTRIBUTION IN THE WAR EFFORT AS A

AERIAL PHOTO TOPOGRAPHER

THE B COMPANY 30TH TOPOGRAPHIC ENGINEERS , ALSO KNOWN AS THE

2775 & 660 BASE PHOTOMAPPING COMPANY , WERE A TEAM RESPONSIBLE FOR

CONVERTING AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS INTO ACTUAL MAPS THAT COULD

BE USED BY BOMBER AIRCRAFT & GROUND TROOPS TO IDENTIFY GERMAN

ENEMY TARGETS PRIOR TO, & AFTER THE D DAY INVASION.

THE FOLLOWING ORIGINAL BOOKS , MAPS, & PHOTOS WERE GIVEN TO ME BY MY DAD

FRANCIS L. HOFFMANN, OR BUDDY AS WE ALL CALLED HIM & NOW I AM MAKING

THEM AVAILABLE TO VIEW FOR ALL INTERESTED PARTIES

ANY COMMENTS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED & POSTED

HOPE YOU ENJOY

Paul G Hoffmann

COMPANY B PREPARING TO LEAVE FORT BELVOIR, VA SEPTEMBER 1941

FOR ENGLAND

THE BOOK " OUR MAPPING YEARS" A YEARBOOK STYLE ACCOUNT

OF THE WORK & TRAVEL OF COMPANY B, 2775 ENGINEER'S 1942-1945

BUDDY HOFFMANN AT WORK ON THE

"MULITPLEX MACHINE" SWEATING IT OUT (page 123 our mapping years)

A HAND WRITTEN STATEMENT ON THE BACK OF THE 8 1/2" x 7" B&W PHOTO STATES

"ENGLAND 1942, THE APPRARTUS ABOVE MY HEAD IS CALLED A "MULTIPLEX MACHINE"

THIS MULTIPLEX CREATES A THIRD DEMENSION ONTO THE METAL DESK USING RED & GREEN LENSES.

FROM THIS 3RD DEMENSION WE CREATED A CAPTURED MAP OF THE AREA THAT WAS TO BE INVADED.

THE MACHINE REPRESENTED THE FLIGHT OF THE AIRPLANE WHICH WAS TAKING PICTURES. THE MACHINE

TOOK THE DESTORTION OUT OF THE PICTURE AND WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE AN EXACT MAP OF THE AREA.

"INTERESTING WORK" THE FINISHED MAP WAS THEN GIVEN TO OUR TROOPS FOR THEIR USE

IN THE "INVASION"

MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE WAR EFFORT 1941-1945"

DAD

THE FOLLOWING ARE ORIGINAL MAPS OF PARIS, CHERBOURG, & STUTTGART

AT THIS TIME WE HAVE 2 PARIS MAPS, 2 STUTTGART, & 1 CHERBOURG

WE MAY CONSIDER SELLING ONE OF EACH OF THE DUPLICATES IN OUR MUSEUM

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILED INFORMATION AS TO WHEN & THE COSTS INVOLVED

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE VAROIUS PAGES FROM

"OUR MAPPING YEARS"

HQ. CO.

660 ENGR. TOPO Bn.

PLEASE ALSO VISIT THE

FIRST VOYAGE OF THE WAR BRIDES & THE

COMING TO AMERICA LOVE STORY OF

PAT & BUD

ITEM # GM-12

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