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

An airman of the 91st Bomb Group admires a pin-up painted on the nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress (LG-D, serial number 44-6578) nicknamed "Rusty Dusty". Handwritten caption on reverse: '91/322. 44-6578.'



  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 332nd Bomb Squadron
  • 8th Air Force



  • 44-6578 'The Biggest Bird' 'Rusty Dusty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 12/9/44; Dow Fd 25/9/44; Assigned 731BS/452BG Deopham Green 28/9/44; transferred 332BS/91BG [LG-D] Bassingbourn 7/12/44; 17m taxi coll with 43-38306 with Joe Troccolli 4/4/45, Salvaged. THE BIGGEST BIRD. RUSTY DUSTY.


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 11:04:23 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:01 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection