IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
A formation of B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 91st Bomb Group return to Bassingbourn after a mission, July 1943. Passed for publication 29 Jul 1943. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'Flying Fortresses Return From Deepest Penetration Into Germany. Carrying out their deepest penetration into Germany thus far, strong formations of American Flying Fortresses dropped bombs on Kassel in the Eastern Ruhr, and Oschersleben, less than 100 miles from Berlin. The unescorted bombers had to fight their way through swarms of enemy fighters, including black night fighters. Prelimniary claims are that more than 60 enemy planes were destroyed. Photo Shows: The Flying Fortresses returning from the raid. G July 29th 1943 PN.' On reverse: US Army Press Censor and Planet news Ltd [Stamps]. Print No: 276697.
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
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...