B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st BG fly in formation. B-17G serial 42-31909 "Nine-Oh-Nine" (camouflaged, coded OR-R) leads the formation. Written on slide casing: '909 formation.'
B-17 “Sweet 17” flown by George Kesselring, Guthrie Center, 91st BG
"A formation of 91st Bomb Group Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses wings its way toward the target - an enemy installation somewhere in Europe. 5 August 1944."
Silver B-17G's include 42-97304 "Priority Gal", 42-97276 "Sweet 17 - The Spirit of St. Louis", 42-107040 "Shirley Jean", and 43-37625 "Cheri".
The similarities in this formation and the one in colour, Roger Freeman Collection FRE 5728, suggest the lead aircraft of the lead element being the 42-31909. The date should also be at or before 31 July 1944, when 42-97304 was lost.
Delivered Cheyenne 15/2/44; Gr Island 4/3/44; Grenier 10/3/44;
Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-S/B] Bassingbourn 7/3/44; 83+ missions SWEET 17 THE SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS.
Returned to the USA Bradley 6/6/45; Sth Plains 11/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 1/12/45.
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...
Military | Captain | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Thomas F Flemming served as a pilot with the 323rd Bomb Squadron of the 91st Bomb Group.
Military | Major | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
George Kesselring served as a B-17 pilot with the 91st Bomb Group at Bassingbourn, England. One of his aircraft was nicknamed "Sweet 17".
In total, George flew 35 missions during World War II.
Dates of service: 1942-1963
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...
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