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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 (serial number 42-3301) nicknamed "Cavalier" formerly of the 306th Bomb Group, prepares for take off at Mount Farm. Image by Robert Astrella. Written on slide casing: '23301 G, 8RCS (P), ex 306 BG. Cavalier. Mount Farm.'



  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...


  • 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 ...


  • 42-3301

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Gt Falls 1/6/43; with Jim Geary force landed Grenier Fd 24/6/43; Wilmington 3/8/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-F] CAVALIER Thurleigh 9/6/43, bellied in 15/11/43, but repaired; transferred 8WEA Rec. Cheddington 29/2/44; Salvaged...


  • 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 15:35:34 AAM AAM ingest

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