IWM catalogue record
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A B-17 Flying Fortress (JW-M, serial number 41-2629) used for training purposes, formerly of the 92nd Bomb Group, at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group. Written on slide casing: '12629 JW:M B Mount Farm.'
Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...
The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...
Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply
Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered MacDill 7/3/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; transferred 305BG Grafton Underwood 5/11/42; transferred 326BS/92BG [JW-M] ; Bovingdon 100BG Thorpe Abbotts as station hack & tow target /43; was parked at Thorpe Abbotts when damaged in...
Military site : airfield
Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...