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Lt Charles E Cliburn and crew of the 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, pose with their mascot 'Skippy' beside a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. England, 24 March 1943.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A10619-A62762AC.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • Charles Cliburn

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    First pilot to complete combat tour in 8th AF--May 13, 1943. Flew on the wing of the 'Memphis Belle. ' Plane's name was 'Bad Penny. ' Also flew "Quitchurbitchin." On 23 Nov 1942 he crash landed in heavy fog at Bassingbourn. ...

  • Skipper Cocker Spaniel

    Military | Other | Mascot
    Skipper, a black cocker spaniel mascot with over 200 hrs flight time.

  • James Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Over 200Hrs flightime on combat missions by Apr 43.


  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


Date Contributor Update
12 February 2017 12:35:55 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations