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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A 366th Bomb Squadron, 305th Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress (KY-L, serial number 42-5053) taxiis to take off from Chelveston airbase. Passed for publication 30 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'At A Fortress Station In Britain. From an American base in Britain the Flying Fortresses carry out operational activities which result in terrible blows against the German industrial war machine. This series of pictures shows scenes at a Flying Fortresses station where hige[sic] bombers take off for the raids or return from their missions to be serviced by the ground crews, ready for the next raid. Keystone Photo Shows:- Flying Fortresses taking off for a mission. U.S.Pool/SS/F. Keystone. 1-13.' Censor no: 272233. On reverse: Keystone Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].




  • 42-5053

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Presque Is 28/10/42; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-L] Chelveston 14/11/42; Missing in Action 4/7/43 with Bill Wetzel, Navigator: Ralph McKee (2 evaded capture); Radio Operator: Earl Sell, Waist gunner: Bernie McNight (2 Killed in...


  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


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