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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A B-17 Flying Fortress (WA-Q, serial number 42-97229) nicknamed "Hi Ho Silver" of the 379th Bomb Group buzzing Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella, 7th Photographic Reconnaissiance Group. Written on slide casing: 'WA:Q Silver Queen Buzzing Mount Farm.'



  • 379th Bomb Group

    379th Bomb Group

    The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...


  • Robert Astrella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply
    Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...


  • 42-97229

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/12/44; Kearney 21/2/44; Presque Is 6/3/44; Assigned 524BS/379BG [WA-Q] Kimbolton 23/3/44; battle damaged Ruhland 12/9/44 with Capt JoeHuau, Co-pilot: John Fechtemuller, Navigator: Gene Balfe, Xn-Bill Rogach, Bombardier: Capt Matt...


  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:29:08 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection