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Captain John Paul Carson Jr. , January 1944; A/C #42-29863 (RQ-Y) "Kentucky Babe"



  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 509th Bomb Squadron


  • John Carson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
    Severely damaged by fighters on a mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR on 11 Feb 1944, B-17F #42-29863 'Kentucky Babe' crashed near Poix-de-Picardie, FR after being abandoned by the crew. Prisoner of War (POW).


  • 42-29863 "Ain’t it Gruesome", 'KENTUCKY BABE'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/2/43; Denver 1/3/43; Gore 12/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Assigned 509BS/351BG [RQ-Y] Polebrook 16/4/43; Missing in Action 43m Frankfurt 11/2/44 with Capt John Carson, Co-pilot: Merlyn Rutherford*, Radio Operator: John Landers*, Ball...


  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Date Contributor Update
26 October 2016 19:49:57 JPC11FEB1944 Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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