first commanding officer of the 91st Bomb Group, Colonel Stanley T. Wray (left) and the first commanding officer of the 323rd Bomb Squadron Major Paul D. Brown. (Photo contributed by Steve Perri)
Major Paul D. Brown, became the 1st C.O. May 16, 1942 at McDill Field, Tampa, Florida.
During his wartime service he was awarded the Silver Star for leading the first raid on Vegesack in Germany on 18th March 1943 and the distinguished Flying Cross as Task Force Commander on the Bremen raid of 11th April 1943.
Colonel Brown retired from the Air Force in 1968 at which time he was Deputy Chief of Staff Plans HQ, Continental Air Command.
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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...
18 March 1943
The U-Boat pens at Vegesack-Bremen are the primary target of this mission. 76 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (18) and 306BG (20). These are joined by 17 B-24's: 44BG (9) and 93BG (15). Of the 103 aircraft despatched 97 are effective...
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...