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Hollywood actor Captain Clark Gable and his crew of the 511st Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (DS-Y, serial number 42-29835) nicknamed "Pistol Ball" at Bodney. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Clark Gable - Bodney - DS-Y 'Pistol Ball'.'
The man to his right is Lt. Colonel E. L. "Pop" Clark. 352nd Fighter Group. Blue Nose Bastard.

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Hollywood actor Captain Clark Gable and his crew of the 511st Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (DS-Y, serial number 42-29835) nicknamed "Pistol Ball" at Bodney. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Clark Gable - Bodney - DS-Y 'Pistol Ball'.'

Connections

Units

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

People

  • Eugene Clark

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot, Deputy Commanding Officer
    Lieutenant Colonel 'Pop' Clark served as a pilot with the 352nd Fighter Group. ...

  • Clark Gable

    Military | Major | Cameraman, Gunner, Actor
    Clark Gable flew 5 missions as Captain filming 50,000 ft of gunnery combat during 1943. He received the Air Medal for his service. 1 mission was flown with the 303rd BG. The rest were with the 351st BG in different aircraft. The film was named 'Combat...

Aircraft

  • 42-29835

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Smoky Hill 3/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-J] Alconbury 11/6/43; 1m, transferred 511BS/351BG [DS-Y] Polebrook 17/6/43; {36m} 2 BAD Warton 5/4/44; Returned to the USA Amarillo 18/7/44; Hendricks 1/8/44; Smyrna...

Locations

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2015 23:14:57 WSOBrugby Changes to caption and unit associations
Sources

P. Clark. E. L. Clark's son

Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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