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First Lieutenant John J. Askins, a pilot of the 91st Bomb Group, in the cockpit of his B-17 Flying Fortress (LL-K, serial number 42-97851) nicknamed "Qualified Quail", during a practice mission in 1944. Printed caption on reverse: 'John Askins pilot Qualified Quail riding co-pilot on practice run with 2 91st. Mickey ships. Fall 1944'



  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    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...


  • Randall Archer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Westeroden in B-17 44-6093

  • John Askins

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    First Lieutenant John J. Askins, Jr. was a pilot with the 91st Bomb Group, 401st Squadron (Bassingbourn). He and his crew primarily flew B-17G S/N 42-97851, the "Qualified Quail". This aircraft was badly damaged on a mission to Cologne on October 15th...


  • 42-97851 Qualified Quail

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-K] Bassingbourn 3/6/44; 72m battle damaged Cologne 14/1/45 with Wilbur Seller; force landed Denain Afd, Fr; Salvaged 28/1/45. QUALIFIED QUAIL.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:04 AAM AAM ingest

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