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