IWM catalogue record
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First Lieutenant John J. Askins, a pilot of the 91st Bomb Group, in the cockpit of his B-17 Flying Fortress (LL-K, serial number 42-97851) nicknamed "Qualified Quail", during a practice mission in 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'John Askins pilot Qualified Quail riding co-pilot on practice run with 2 91st. Mickey ships. Fall 1944'
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...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Westeroden in B-17 44-6093
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
First Lieutenant John Askins was a pilot with the 91st Bomb Group (Bassingbourn), flying B-17 44-6093. Askins was shot down over Westeroden and taken prisoner on November 2 1944 and interred in Stalag Luft VIIA.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-K] Bassingbourn 3/6/44; 72m battle damaged Cologne 14/1/45 with Wilbur Seller; force landed Denain Afd, Fr; Salvaged 28/1/45. QUALIFIED QUAIL.