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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.'

* Believed to be 1st Lt Edward H Davidson but the airman is not in officer's uniform. He is more likely to be part of the aircraft's ground crew.

IWM catalogue record

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.'

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    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

Aircraft

  • 44-6578 '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 collision with 43-38306 with Joe Troccolli 4/4/45, Salvaged. RUSTY DUSTY.

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2018 16:05:10 Lucy May Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Looking at the airman's clothes and hat I think it's likely that he is one of the aircraft's ground crewmen.

Date Contributor Update
13 February 2018 21:04:21 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.
Daughter of Capt Edward H Davidson

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

Roger Freeman Photo.

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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