IWM catalogue record
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A Pilot of the 391st Bomb Squadron, 34th Bomb Group looks out the cockpit of his B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 44-8327) nicknamed "Goom-Bah!!" Image via Malcolm Corum Handwritten caption on reverse: 'B-176 - B/N 85-BO 'R', S/N 4338327 391st Sq 34th BG, Mendlesham, STA - 156, Lt. Joseph Schaws Crew 101.'
After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Kearney 10/8/44; Cheyenne 18/8/44; Grenier 22/8/44; Assigned 391BS/34BG Mendlesham 24/8/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 23/6/45; Sth Plains 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20/11/45. GOOM-BAH!!
Military site : airfield
Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.