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Master Sergeant P. "Bing" Bingham and Sergeant George King, ground crewmen of the 94th Bomb Group work on a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30301) nicknamed "Idiot's Delight". Printed caption on reverse: '4230301 - Idiot's Delight, call sign 'J'. 332 Sq. 94th Bomb Group. M/Sgt. P. Bingman (Bing) Crew Chief. Sgt. George King working on engine.'



  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942; Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...


  • Penrose Bingaman

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew cheif
    Assigned to 332BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Ground crew for B-17 Frenesi and the John R Israel Crew #19-9-153 Worked as crew chief on Idiot's Delight (42-30301) in Bury St Edmunds, England Awards: BS, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George King

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    He reported to the ETO on 20 Feb 1944. AM OLC, DFC,


  • 42-30301 Idiots' Delight

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Idiot's Delight was the first B-17 of the 94th Bomber group to survive 50 missions; not once turning back due mechanical failure. The first mission was flown July 14th 1943 and the 50th was 22nd March 1944. The 94th suffered huge casualties during this...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:41:45 AAM AAM ingest

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