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Major Haley Aycock [ Fort Worth, Texas ], commanding officer, has a final word with 1st Lt J M Smith [ Austin, Texas ], pilot of Boeing B-17 42-5069 "Our Gang" before the plane takes off on a bombing mission from Bassingbourne, England. 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A14122-79269AC.



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    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...

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    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • James Smith

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


  • 42-5069 Our Gang

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/9/42; New Castle 19/11/42; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-G] Bassingbourn 23/11/42; Missing in Action 20m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Bill Wheeler (401BS), Co-pilot: Louis Bianchi, Navigator: Joe Newberry, Bombardier: Denver Woodward,...


  • 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 12:57:55 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2017 12:49:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations