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" Capt Charles Cliburn [ Hazelhurst, Miss ], pilot of the Boeing B-17 "The Bad Penny" is shown at the controls of his plane just before take-off on a mission over enemy territory from their base at Cambridge, England, on 5 May 1943." - Since the mission is scrubbed, we shouldn't waste the photo op: Capt Charles Cliburn of the 324th Bomb Sqn, 91st BG in the cockpit of B-17F 41-24480 "The Bad Penny" (coded DF-C) on 5 May 1943.

NAR Ref 342-FH-3A12684-79046AC.



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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


  • 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. ...


  • 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...


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21 March 2017 09:35:38 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations