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Members of one of the squadrons at an airbase in England bid farewell to Capt Robert K Morgan [ Asheville, NC ], pilot of the Boeing B-17 "The Memphis Belle" before he and his crew take-off for return to the United States after completing 25 missions. 9 June 43.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A06262-79243AC.

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Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    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...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • Vincent Evans

    Military | Major | Bombardier
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Texas, he joined the USAAC in 1942 and was assigned as bombardier on the B-17, 'Memphis Belle'. The 'Belle' and her crew would ultimately become the first to fly all of it's required twenty-five missions in...

  • Charles Leighton

    Military | Captain | Navigator
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF in England from October 1942 to May 1943, during which time he completed his tour as Navigator aboard the B-17 "Memphis Belle". He and the crew next completed a war bond tour across the United States with the famous B-17...

  • Harold Loch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top turret / Engineer
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Wisconsin, he joined the USAAC in 1941, shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor. In February 1943, Loch was assigned to the B-17 bomber 'Memphis Belle' as the flight engineer and top turret gunner,...

  • Robert Morgan

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Pilot of the 'Memphis Belle', named for Margaret Polk. ...

  • James Verinis

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions with 'Memphis Belle' and crew, though he qualified as a first pilot, chose to take a co-pilots seat, rather than wait for enough A/C to be available for him to have his own crew and kite, he flew...

  • Clarence Winchell

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Waist gunner [L]
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Left waist gunner on B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle', his guns downed the 8th and final German fighter from the Belle. His diaries provided most of the accurate accounts of the missions. He and fellow crew members...

Aircraft

  • 41-24485 Memphis Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 December 2016 19:46:13 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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