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Ist Lt. Mark Mathis, bombardier, makes a newsreel interview from Bassingbourn, England. The interview is for release in America on Decoration Day. 9 May 1943



  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

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    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
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    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
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    B-17 Flying Fortress
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    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , 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...


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07 June 2021 19:49:49 acbernstein1 Changes to unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations


Date Contributor Update
07 June 2021 19:32:51 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, person associations and place associations