IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
A flight of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 306th Bomb Group leave contrails behind as they fly in formation. B-17 (serial number 42-31539) is visible in the foreground. Printed caption on reverse: '27814 USAF - with their contrails blending into the clouds below them, these Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army 8th Ari Force head out over Europe to blast Nazi installations deep inside Germany. The large black burst in the centre of the photo is thought to be a ground fired enemy rocket. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO.' Handwritten caption on reverse: '306th BG Thurleigh.'
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 20/11/43; Gr Island 5/12/43; Romulus 16/12/43; Presque Is 19/12/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-O] Thurleigh 4/1/44; Missing in Action Erding 24/4/44 with Dale Ebert, Co-pilot: Ken Hall, Navigator: Tony Baltunas, Bombardier: Julius...
Military site : airfield
Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...