IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
A B-17 Flying Fortress (OR-P, serial number 42-30157) nicknamed "Hell's Belles" of the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group that overshot the runway on landing. Handwritten caption on reverse: '28/7/43, B-17, 91BG, A-404[?].' Printed caption on reverse: '69404 AC: The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Hell's Belles" (A/C No. 230157) of the 91st Bomb Gp overshot the runway while landing at its base in Bassingbourn, England on 28 July 1943. U.S. Air Force Photo, 361st Photographic Squadron [rest of caption damaged].'
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Tinker 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 1/6/43; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-P] Bassingbourn 10/6/43 DIRTY GERTIE 1m; battle damaged Kassel 30/7/43, 2m with Don Van der Heyde, Co-pilot: Don...
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...