41-24480 The Bad Penny

Film Director Major William Wyler looks through the waist gun position of a B-17 Flying Fortress (DF-B) of the 91st Bomb Group during the filming of 'Memphis Belle'. Passed as censored 1 Feb 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'How a Flying Fortress Protects Itself: Major William Wyler, who directed the famous film 'Mrs Minniver', is now busy directing an instructional film for the U.S. Army Air Force, showing how a 'Flying Fortress' protects itself against attack by enemy fighters. The Fortress is loaded w

Object Number - FRE 3660 - Film Director Major William Wyler looks through the waist gun position of a B-17 Flying Fortress (DF-B) of the 91st Bomb Group during the filming of...

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 Memphis Belle film. THE BAD PENNY.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Private
  • Role/Job: Ground crew
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball turret gun
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6558446
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15083676 / O-662755
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 324th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ground crew

Places

8th Air Force accomodation at Daws Hill House. Image via JR Johnson. Written on slide casing: 'Daws Hill House.'
  • Site type: Military site
  • Known as: Camp Lynn; Daws Hill; Pinetree

Events

Event Location Date Description

Manufactured

Seattle, WA, USA Built at Boeing.

Delivered

Washington, USA Delivewred to USAAF.

Assigned

Bassingbourn, Royston SG8 5LP, UK 1942-08-31 Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF 31-Aug-42. Transferred to 322BS May-43.

Assigned

97 Largy Rd, Crumlin BT29 4RT, UK 1943-07-02 Transferred to 403rd Air Depot.

Assigned

High Wycombe, UK 1943-08-15 Transferred to HQ Sqn, 8AF for VIP duties.

Revisions

Date17 May 2022 15:28:11
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Fighting Colors: The Creation of Military Aircraft Nose Art by Gary Velasco.

Date8 Aug 2021 01:36:04
Contributoracbernstein1
Sources

AAM

Date20 Mar 2017 12:24:21
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Fighting Colors: The Creation of Military Aircraft Nose Art by Gary Velasco.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:02
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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