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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.

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

  • Clarence Cluck

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

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