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13-May-43. - " Just back from a raid over France, the flight crew of the Boeing B-17 "The Bad Penny" is met by the ground crew. they are, in front:

Seated: Capt John R (Tex) McCrary, a public relations officer with the 8th Air Force.
Kneeling L-R: Pvt Lester C Chesser, Sgt Tom Mullenik, Sgt Davis L George.
Standing L-R: Cpl Emil Richard Knutelsky, Sgt John M Yates, M/Sgt James Lemley, Sgt Charles H Mathers, Sgt Merel Hawthorne.
Seated on truck L-R: 1Lt Clyde Debaun, 1Lt Raymond V Kurtz, Capt Charles E Cliburn, 1Lt Philip T Palmer.
Standing L-R: S/Sgt Clarence Cluck, S/Sgt Paul Shook, T/Sgt Raymond T Moore, S/Sgt Walter T Dager, Sgt Hubert G Hayes, S/Sgt James Moore.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A11976-79224AC.

Connections

Units

  • 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

    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

  • Lester Chesser

    Military | Private | Ground crew
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 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. ...

  • Clarence Cluck

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

  • Walter Dager

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail gunner
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • 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.

  • Davis George

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Merel Hawthorne

    Military | Sergeant | Ground crew
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Hubert Hayes

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gun
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Emil Knutelsky

    Military | Corporal (Technician Fifth Grade) | Ground crew
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Raymond Kurtz

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Assigned 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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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
22 March 2017 16:41:06 Al_Skiff Changes to caption
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Date Contributor Update
21 March 2017 21:38:25 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations
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Date Contributor Update
21 March 2017 12:20:45 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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