IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 91st Bomb Group line up for take off. Passed for publication 24 Mar 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Fortresses' Day Raid on Wilhelmshaven - The German Naval Base at Wilhelmshaven was successfully attacked in daylight March 22 by American Flying Fortresses and Liberators. This was the third heavy raid for U.S. bombers on Wilhelmshaven. Despite strong fighter opposition, the bombers battled their way to the target and dropped their loads of explosives. Three bombers were lost. Associated Press photos show: the crew of a Fortress called Wheel and Deal in front of their bomber which had prop of one engine shot away. Members of crews taking refreshment, and chatting while awaiting interrogation. Being interrogated. Ground crews loading parachute harness, and uncovering bombers prior to take-off. Fortresses taxiing to the straight runway for interval take-off. Machineguns mounted in nose of Fortress to fight off frontal attacks. Gunner manning lethal weapon in nose of Fortress. Crew of the Delta Rebel which had just completed its 21st operational flight. Scoreboard on Fortress denoting number of raids and number of Nazis shots down.' Handwritten on reverse: '91 BG, 22/3/43. Take off line up, Bassingbourn.' Print No: 254770.
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...
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...