Skip to main content

" 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.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    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

    Group
    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

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • 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.

Aircraft

  • 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...

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    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...

Revisions

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

www.fold3.com

Share