IWM catalogue record
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Sergeant Roy Loyless, a tail gunner of the 91st Bomb Group in position inside B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-95851) nicknamed "Qualified Quail" at Bassingbourn. Printed caption on reverse: 'Roy Loyless, tail gunner on "Qualified Quail" 91st Bomb Grp. 401st, Sqd,'
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 | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
Shot down, 15th mission, Merseburg 2 November 1944. Prisoner of War (POW), Stalag Luft IV, Stalag Luft I. Captured -- in new Ford truck, Henry Ford plant Cologne during War. Might have got away if it hadn't been for Ford truck the home guard had.
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.
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...