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.
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 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.
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...