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9 May 1943: Sir Stafford Cripps (L), Britain's Minister of Aircraft Production, chats with ground crew member T/Sgt W S Powell during a station visit to the 91st BG at Bassingbourn. In the right background is B-17F 41-24480 "The Bad Penny" (coded DF-B) of the 324th Bomb Sq.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A48045-79041AC.



  • 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


  • Clarence Cluck

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball turret gun
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.


  • 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 09:46:58 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations