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The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "The Mudhen". Image by Robert Astrella 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group . Written on slide casing: '15 Photo Sqdn/ MTO. Mount Farm.'

Assigned to 15PRS, 3PRG, 15AF.

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "The Mudhen". Image by Robert Astrella 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group . Written on slide casing: '15 Photo Sqdn/ MTO. Mount Farm.'

Connections

Units

  • 3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    3rd Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    The 3rd Photographic Group were stationed only briefly in Britain and flew no missions from either Membury or Steeple Morden. They were reassigned to the Twelfth Air Force and undertook photographic reconnaissance in support of operations in the...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    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...

People

  • Robert Astrella

    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 ...

Aircraft

  • 41-24434 'The Mudhen'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Middleton AD 9/7/42; Bolling 28/7/42; Westover 3/10/42; Assigned 15PRS/3PRG Membury, Wilt. 7/9/42; Steeple Morden, UK 27/12/42; transferred 12AF La Senia, Alg. 6/12/42; Algiers 25/12/42; Le Kroub, Alg. 5/6/43; La Marsa, Tun. 28/6/43; Returned...

Locations

  • Mount Farm

    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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2017 09:03:52 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2017 14:56:00 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:35:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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