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'Aerial view of airbase** in England showing destruction caused by the explosion of 500 pound general purpose bombs while being loaded into a Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress*". 28 May 1943, England'.
Taken after the explosion of 42-29685* 334th BS, 95th BG [19 killed, 21 wounded], which damaged beyond repair 42-29706 "Passion Flower", 42-29833 and 42-29808.
** Alconbury.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29685

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/43; Salina 17/2/43; Rapid City 20/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Alconbury 30/3/43, transferred 412BS [QW-R]; 3m. ...

  • 42-29706 Passion Flower

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-W] Alconbury 25/4/43; 3m, Written off after another aircraft 42-29685 exploded nearby on base 27/5/43, Salvaged. PASSION FLOWER.

  • 42-29808

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Stillwater 8/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-C] Alconbury 15/4/43; [QW-X] Alconbury 12/5/43; 5m, Destroyed Beyond Repair DBR by flying debris after bomb loading accident on 42-29685 14/6/43. Parts salvaged post accident.

  • 42-29833

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/43; Casper 13/3/43; Morrison 13/4/43; Presque Is 6/5/43; Assigned 92BG Alconbury 8/5/43; 412BS, 95BG Alconbury; 27-5-43 Damaged Beyond Repair DBR by debris from exploding 42-29685 bomb load, listed as salvaged n/battle damaged...


  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...


Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 20:31:30 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and place associations

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 18:13:50 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations