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A P-51 Mustang of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group and a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-38782) nicknamed "Lilly Ann" assigned to the 1st Combat Crew Replacement Centre. The B-17 was previously with the 92nd Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: 'Bovingdon, B-17 BV:N & 7 PG P-51. Mount Farm.' P-51K markings indicate 22nd Photographic Squadron.

IWM catalogue record

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A P-51 Mustang of the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group and a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-38782) nicknamed "Lilly Ann" assigned to the 1st Combat Crew Replacement Centre. The B-17 was previously with the 92nd Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: 'Bovingdon, B-17 BV:N & 7 PG P-51. Mount Farm.'

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. ...

  • 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...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    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...

  • 22nd Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

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

  • 43-38782

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 20/9/44; Grenier 11/10/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 17/10/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 27/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 8/11/45....

Locations

  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • 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
18 February 2015 13:44:09 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

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

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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