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An USAAF Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress 41-24639 "The Careful Virgin" in flight over an airfield in England . It was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Bomb Squadron, which arrived at RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire), in Nov 1942. After completing 80 missions, this aircraft was transferred to AFSC for "Operation Aphrodite" (flying bomb). It was launched against German V-1 sites at Mimoyecques, Pas-de-Calais (France) on 4 August 1944, but impacted short of target due to a controller error.
USAAF - AFHRA photo 080129-f-3927s-210

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Aircraft

  • 41-24639 'Careful Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m...

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    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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Date Contributor Update
22 December 2015 13:15:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite

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