41-9103 Dixie Demo

A formation of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 91st Bomb Group fly B-17 (serial number 41-9103) nicknamed "Dixie Demo", at Bassingbourn following a raid on Antwerp, 6 April 1943. A censor has obscured a hanger in the background. Image stamped on reverse: 'Reviewed and Passed U.S Army 6 APR 1943 Press Censor No 21 E.T.O U.S.A.' [stamp]. 'Passed for publication 6 APR 1943 INTLD 29 Central Section Press Censorship Bureau' [stamp]. 'Copyright Planet News ?, Johnson's Court, London E.C.4' [stamp].'256834'[Censor media-379128.jpg FRE 691 B-17E serial number 41-9103 of the 91st Bomb Group. Note RAF style camouflage, characteristic of many B-17Es in the 8th AF). This aircraft had previously served with the 97th Bomb Group from 11 April 1942, it then transferred to the 92nd Bomb Group when the 9th departed for the Mediterranean Theatre in August 1942, before joining the 91st Bomb Group in March 1943. Roger Freeman Collection

Corrected unit in caption and updated unit information found in Osborne, Fortlog.

Object Number - FRE 691 - B-17E serial number 41-9103 of the 91st Bomb Group. Note RAF style camouflage, characteristic of many B-17Es in the 8th AF). This aircraft had...

Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 11/4/42; with Lt. Clarence L. Thacker on first 8AF mission 17/8/42; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; 91BG Bassingbourn 3/3/43; 385BG Gt Ashfield 8/43 as target tow & hack; Returned to the USA 23/6/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 19/12/45. DIXIE DEMO.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 385th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Unofficial emblem of the 91st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
The insignia of the 92nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
Ground personnel of the 97th Bomb Group reservice a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9023) nicknamed "Yankee Doodle", following the raid on Rouen. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 18 Aug 1942.' [stamp], 'Air=SER (Boeing).' [written annotation] and '216112.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'U.S FLYING FORTRESSES RAID ROUEN IN DAYLIGHT. Associated Press Photo Shows: No sooner had one of the huge Fortresses landed after the raid than ground crew im
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force Twelfth Air Force Fifteenth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-724720
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Unit: 384th Bomb Group 97th Bomb Group 414th Bomb Squadron 547th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-436544
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot 97th / 414th Squadron/ Transferred as Commander of 384th / 547th Unit /41st Bomb Wing Heavy Group B and Group C1945

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Missions

A bomber crew of the 97th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress. They are from left to right: Lieutenant Frank R. Beadle, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Sergeant Chester Love, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Sergeant Richard Williams, of Utica, New York; Lieutenant Levon Ray, of Poolville Texas; Glen V. Leland, of St. Petersburg, Florida; Sergeant Frank Rebello, Tiverton, Rhode Island; Sergeant Joseph Cummings, of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and Sergeant Zane Gemmill, of St. Clair, Pennsylvania. Image stamped on reverse: 'Pas
  • Date: 17 August 1942
  • Official Description: 12 B-17’s of 97th Bomb Group, escorted by Spitfires, launch first Army Air Force Heavy Bomber attack from UK against Western Europe. Target is Rouen-Sotteville Marshalling Yard. Sergeant Kent R West shoots down German fighter, thus becoming the first...

Revisions

Date18 Mar 2023 04:00:35
Contributormjw1__
Changes
Sources

Martin Rose - Facebook

Date20 Oct 2014 21:55:53
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014 "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:07
ContributorAAM
ChangesAAM ingest
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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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