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Children with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5736) Nose Art "Tampa Tornado" of the 379th Bomb Group during a 'Kiddies Party' at Kimbolton, 2 October 1943. Printed caption on reverse: '71654 AC - A group of English children who are guests at a "Kiddies Party" given by the 379th Bomb Group gather around a Boeing B-17 at an 8th Air Force base in England. 2 October 1943.'

IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Children with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5736) of the 379th Bomb Group during a 'Kiddies Party' at Kimbolton, 2 October 1943. Printed caption on reverse: '71654 AC - A group of English children who are guests at a "Kiddies Party" given by the 379th Bomb Group gather around a Boeing B-17 at an 8th Air Force base in England. 2 October 1943.'

Connections

Units

  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 379th Bomb Group, based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the...

  • 8th Air Force

People

  • Frank Smith

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #4229853. Prisoner of War (POW).

Aircraft

  • 42-5736 Tampa Tornado

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    (YB-40) Delivered Tulsa 5/11/42; Biggs 14/3/43; Orlando 5/4/43; Presque Is 3/5/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-C] Alconbury 14/5/43 as YB-40; transferred 359BS/303BG [BN-Q] Molesworth 3/8/43; 524BS/379BG [WA-P] Kimbolton 28/8/43; 1 Base Air Depot,...

Locations

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 October 2016 03:55:07 PegK Changes to person associations
Sources

Frank A. Smith Family WWII Memorabilia

Date Contributor Update
28 February 2016 22:56:11 cody1947 Changes to caption
Sources

Aircraft Record Card; 379th BG records and the 379th BG Anthology

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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