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IWM catalogue record

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A pathfinder B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8258) of the 401st Bomb Group. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '48258 14 A, Mount Farm.'

Connections

Units

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

People

  • Robert Astrella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply
    Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...

Aircraft

  • 44-8258

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 28/7/44; Hunter 29/8/44; Dow Fd 2/9/44; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-A] Deenethorpe 5/10/44; battle damaged Mannheim 11/12/44 with Capt Chapman; force landed Melsbroek A/fd, Bel; destroyed on ground by enemy aircraft 1/1/45; Salvaged 2/1/45.

Locations

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:37:59 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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