IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Sergeant John Pysarchuk of the 92nd Bomb Group gives a talk about a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-9022) nicknamed "Alabama Exterminator II" to Air Training Cadets who are on a tour of the United States Eighth Air Force base at Bovingdon. Image stamped on reverse: 'Passed for publication 2 DEC 1942.' [stamp]; 'Approved for Issue 2 Dec 1942.' [stamp], 'Copyright Current Affairs LTD.' [stamp] and '236338' [Censor no]. Printed caption on reverse: 'A flight of A.T.C. boys on a visit to an American Air Force station in Britain were initiated into the secrets of a Flying Fortress by the pilot and crew. O.P.S. (3) Sergt. John Pysarahuk[sic], of Cleveland, Ohio, tells the boys the history of some of the "pet names" painted on the plane.'
The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 341BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; with C.J. Paine force landed Presque Is, ME 27/6/42; Bovingdon 8/42, used as ferry navigation a/c; transferred 546BS/384BG [BK-L] Grafton Underwood 4/6/43 as t/t & hack 8/43; 1 Base Air Depot, Burtonwood 27/7/44;...
Military site : airfield
Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway.