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

A line of 305th Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress taxiing at Chelveston airfield preparing to take off on another raid. The two rear-most B-17 Flying Fortresses belong to the 364th Bomb Squadron, (WF-N, serial number 42-30242) on the left and (WF-O, serial number 42-29807) on the right. Passed for publication 4 Jul 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: '29/6/43. WF:N. WF:O 229807.' Printed caption on reverse: 'At A Flying Fortresses Base In Britain. This series of pictures shows scenes at a U.S. air base in Britain where Flying Fortresses are repaired, the scars torn in their sides - the price of victorious combats - patched up, engines overhauled and the planes made fit and ready for next bomb missions. U.S. Pool/F. Keystone (SG).' Censor no: 272762. On reverse: Keystone Press, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].

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Units

Aircraft

  • 42-29807 'Lady Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Alconbury 15/4/43 PATSY ANN; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 5m, transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-O] Chelveston 17/6/43; Missing in Action Gilze...

  • 42-30242

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/5/43; Gore 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-N] Chelveston 10/6/43; fitted with H2S equipment in trials at Burtonwood, UK; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Ellsworth Kenyon, Co-pilot:...

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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