Qualified Quail (42-97851 LL-K) Guldner Crew, 401st BS, 91st BG
BACK ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT:
Sgt. John Hassler, Ground Crew (mechanic); Sgt. Nowell (Bud) W. Rodewald, Ground Crew; Sgt. James D. Felts, Ball Turret Gunner; Sgt. George Elliott, Ground Crew (mechanic); Sgt. Virgil Mott, Ground Crew (mechanic); Sgt. Karl F. Schwantes, Tail Gunner; Sgt. Ray Rummage, Waist Gunner
FRONT ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT:
S/Sgt. Donald Wilkinson, Flight Engineer; Lt. William E. Guldner, Pilot; Lt. Avery O. Gage, Navigator; Lt. Harley E. McVay, Co-pilot; Lt. Raymond A. Johnson, Bombardier; S/Sgt. Benjamin Camarino, Radio Operator
This crew flew its first mission on 2 June 1944 and its 32nd on 12 August 1944. On 20 July 1944, they flew the Leipzig mission. Their plane was the only one of six in the low squadron to survive the fighter attacks. Qualified Quail Navigator Avery Gage commented, "We were extremely lucky as we were one of the few crews who came home together."
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...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Tulsa 15/3/44; Kearney 4/5/44; Grenier 26/5/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-K] Bassingbourn 3/6/44; 72m battle damaged Cologne 14/1/45 with Wilbur Seller; force landed Denain Afd, Fr; Salvaged 28/1/45. QUALIFIED QUAIL.
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...