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A B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 41-24361) of the 301st Bomb Group prepares for take off. Handwritten caption on reverse: '2-10-42. Chelveston, 301BG.' Printed caption on reverse: 'Flying Fortress Raid French Factory. Associated Press Photo Shows:- A Flying Fortresses takes off for the raid on Meaulte. AP 252181. 5-10-42-N.' On reverse: Associated Press, US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau and US Army Press Censor ETO [Stamps].



  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...


  • 41-24361

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA676] but transferred 301BG Westover 18/7/42; Podington 6/8/42; Tafaraoui, Alg 24/11/42; 96BS/2BG Massicault, Tun {38m} 348BS/99BG Oudna, Tun 28/3/44 {52m}; 840BS/483BG Tortorella, It 31/3/44; {98m in total} Returned to the USA 11/6/44;...


  • VIII Fighter Command

    30 September 1942
    31FG despatches 42 Spitfires on a practice sweep along the Channel coast of England.


  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:45:24 AAM AAM ingest

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