FRE 10914


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Burtonwood Servicing Centre maintained aircraft of the 8th, 9th, 12th and 15th Air Forces during the war; on the 16th of March 1943, a 8th Air Force, 97th Bomb Group B-17 Flying Fortress was at the airfield for maintenance. Official caption on image: "78996 A.C." Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Burtonwood Servicing Centre. 8th/9th/12th/15th AF. 97BG, 8th AF.' Printed caption on reverse: '78996 AC - Front view of a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" at Burtonwood Airdrome, England, 16 March 1943. U.S. Air Force Photo.'


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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
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 21st Air Depot Group
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Flying Control


Aerial photograph of Burtonwood airfield, 10 August 1945. Photograph taken by No. 541 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/622. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Base Air Depot Area (BADA) : 1st Base Air Depot (1 BAD)


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