IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 306th Bomb Group fly in formation over Thurleigh. Image stamped on reverse: 'Planet News.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 16 Jul 1943.' [stamp] annd '274709.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'PHOTO SHOWS:- A formation of Fortress Bomber flying over the airfield.'
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
Military site : airfield
Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...