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Duke of Paducah (42-37736 DF G) Powell Crew, 401st BS, 91st BG
BACK ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT:
Leo Fontaine, Radio Operator; W.L. Sexton, Tail Gunner; Frank Thraser, Waist Gunner; Al Tolbert, Ball Turret Gunner; Francis Toccalino, Waist Gunner; Tom Lindsey, Top Turret Gunner.
FRONT ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT:
Chuck Neiswender, Co-pilot; Phil Sheldon, Navigator; Lt. John D. Powell, Pilot; Joe Spata, Bombardier.

After the "Duke of Paducah" was badly damaged, the aircraft became a radio relay aircraft for the 67th FW. Its duty was to pick up radio messages from the fighters and relay them to the FW control room.

Connections

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    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...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37736 Duke of Paducah

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/8/43; Gr Island 5/9/43; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-G] Bassingbourn 24/9/43; re-assigned as radio relay aircraft with 8AF FC with 67th FW, after 29m; sal 6/11/45. DUKE OF PADUCAH.

Locations

  • Bassingbourn

    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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2021 01:28:15 acbernstein1 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/dukeofpaducah1.html

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