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The Podington "Big Picture" on display at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

This piece of "wall-art" represents a B-17 of the 92nd Bomb Group. United States Eighth Air Force. The 92nd was the oldest group in the Eighth Air Force having been the first group to make a non-stop crossing of the Atlantic to the UK in August 1942.

This Picture was removed from a hut at the Podington site in October 1989 by the Eighth Wall Art Conservation Society with the assistance of the USAF Europe. After the closure of Podington in 1946 the airfield was returned to agricultural use and the hut converted into a pig sty. It is probably for this reason that the picture survived.

Originally painted by S/Sgt Waldschmidt the picture will be conserved by a team led by H Bosowitz.

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Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

People

  • George Waldschmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    Waldschmidt painted 'The Big Wall' a mural depicting a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 92rd Bomb Group. The mural was previously inside a hut at Podington, but was moved to IWM Duxford in 1989.

Locations

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

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Date Contributor Update
28 February 2015 19:54:15 apollo11 Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations
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