IWM catalogue record
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War Cartoonist Captain Bairnsfather paints his character "Old Bill" onto the wall of the Red Cross section at the 305th Bomb Group base at Chelveston.
Official caption on image: "(GPR6-1-305) (19-1-43) (Mural, Red Cross - Bairnsfather.)"
Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Bairnsfather @ Chelveston.'
The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...
Military | Captain | War Correspondent / Cartoonist
Prominent British humorist and cartoonist. Served with Royal Warwickshire Regt being hospitalised with shellshock and hearing damage sustained during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.
Military site : airfield
Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...