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" Capt Charles Cliburn [ Hazelhurst, Miss ], pilot of the Boeing B-17 'The Bad Penny' is shown just before take-off on a mission over enemy territory from their base at Cambridge, England, on 5 May 1943." - Capt Charles Cliburn of the 324th Bomb Sqn, 91st BG, pilot of B-17F 41-24480 "The Bad Penny" (coded DF-C), taken the day of the scrubbed 5 May 1943 mission to Meaulte. It would be eight days before the weather would improve enough for the 91st to hit this target.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12685-A79046AC.

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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. ...

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...

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Date Contributor Update
21 March 2017 09:39:32 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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