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" 1st Lt Clyde Debaun [ Bicknell, Indiana ], co-pilot and Capt Charles Cliburn [ Hazelhurst, Miss ], pilot, shown in the cockpit of their Boeing B-17 "The Bad Penny" just before take-off on a mission over enemy territory from their base at Cambridge, England. " - One more for the folks back home before we shed this flying gear : 1Lt Clyde DeBaum (L) of the 324th Bomb Sqn, 91st BG in the cockpit of B-17F 41-24480 "The Bad Penny" with his crew's commander, Capt Charles Cliburn. 5 May 1943.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12683-79045AC.



  • 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. ...

  • Clyde DeBaun

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards; DFC, AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean war medal. Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean war and rising to Lt Colonel.


  • 41-24480 'The Bad Penny'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-B] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; 322BS [LG-A] 5/43 16+m; taken off operations and transferred 403 AD 2/7/43; 8AF HQ Sqd 15/8/43 for VIP duties. Salvaged 19/10/44. Used as camera ship to film Major William Wilder's...


  • 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...


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21 March 2017 09:32:02 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations