LT G.H. Heilig of the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st BG waves from the cockpit of his B-17G serial 42-97061 "General Ike" (coded LL-B).
IWM catalogue record
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A pilot of the 91st Bomb Group waves from the cockpit of his B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "General Ike".
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 24/1/44; Grenier 23/2/44; Assigned 748BS/457BG [J] Glatton 13/3/44; transferred 323BS/91BG [OR-U] Bassingbourn 16/3/44; to 401BS [LL-B]; received battle damage on several occasions but always returned to base; Returned to the USA...
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...