The crew of the Boeing B-17 "The Bad Penny" poses by their plane at an airbase in Cambridge, England.
Back Row, L to R: navigator 1Lt Raymond Y Kurtz; bombardier 1Lt Philip T Palmer; pilot Capt Charles E "Red" Cliburn; copilot 1Lt Clyde E DeBaum; Waist gun Sgt Hubert G Hayes.
Front Row L to R: Top turret T/Sgt Raymond T Moore; Radio T/Sgt James Moore; Ball Turret S/Sgt Clarence A Cluck; Waist gun S/Sgt Paul A Shook; Tail gun S/Sgt Walter Charles Dager.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A09067-50274AC.
" 1st Lt Clyde Debaun [ Bicknell, Indiana ], co-pilot and Capt Charles Cliburn [ Hazelhurst, Miss ], pilot, shown in the cockpit of their Boeing B-17 "The Bad Penny" just before take-off on a mission over enemy territory from their base at Cambridge, England. " - One more for the folks back home before we shed this flying gear : 1Lt Clyde DeBaum (L) of the 324th Bomb Sqn, 91st BG in the cockpit of B-17F 41-24480 "The Bad Penny" with his crew's commander, Capt Charles Cliburn. 5 May 1943.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12683-79045AC.
" Members of the crew of the Boeing B-17 "The Bad Penny" are interrogated, by Major John J McNaboe [head of the table] intelligence officer of the 91st BG, after their return from a mission over enemy territory."
NAR Ref 342-FH-3A14119-79223AC.
13-May-43. - " Just back from a raid over France, the flight crew of the Boeing B-17 "The Bad Penny" is met by the ground crew. they are, in front:
Seated: Capt John R (Tex) McCrary, a public relations officer with the 8th Air Force.
Kneeling L-R: Pvt Lester C Chesser, Sgt Tom Mullenik, Sgt Davis L George.
Standing L-R: Cpl Emil Richard Knutelsky, Sgt John M Yates, M/Sgt James Lemley, Sgt Charles H Mathers, Sgt Merel Hawthorne.
Seated on truck L-R: 1Lt Clyde Debaun, 1Lt Raymond V Kurtz, Capt Charles E Cliburn, 1Lt Philip T Palmer.
Standing L-R: S/Sgt Clarence Cluck, S/Sgt Paul Shook, T/Sgt Raymond T Moore, S/Sgt Walter T Dager, Sgt Hubert G Hayes, S/Sgt James Moore.
NARA Ref 342-FH-3A11976-79224AC.
Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.
Awards; DFC, AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean war medal.
Post war: Remained in USAF, serving in Korean war and rising to Lt Colonel.
Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
First pilot to complete combat tour in 8th AF--May 13, 1943. Flew on the wing of the 'Memphis Belle. ' Plane's name was 'Bad Penny. ' Also flew "Quitchurbitchin." On 23 Nov 1942 he crash landed in heavy fog at Bassingbourn.
Units served with
Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945.
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
Home of the Memphis Belle
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-B] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; 322BS [LG-A] 5/43 16+m; taken off operations and transferred 403 AD 2/7/43; 8AF HQ Sqd 15/8/43 for VIP duties. Salvaged 19/10/44. Used as camera ship to film Major William Wilder's...
Military site : airfield
Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...
||Knox County, IN, USA
||5 May 1917
||Bicknell, IN 47512, USA
||Fort Harrison State Park, 6000 N. Post Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216, USA
||17 December 1941
||430, 351 Kearney Blvd #119E, Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX 76908, USA
Pilot Training Class 42-G
||1943 – 1944
Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.
||23 June 1994
Arlington National Cemetery