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King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth watch a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Four of a Kind" of the 379th Bomb Group take off from Kimbolton. Passed for publication 7 Jul 1944. Handwritten caption on reverse: '6-7-44.' Press caption removed from reverse. Censor no: 336257. On reverse: Central Press Photos and SHAEF Field Press Censor [Stamps]. Printed caption on reverse: NOT TO BE PUBLISHED BEFORE 19.30 6.7.44 ROYAL VISIT TO USAAF Their Majesties The King and Queen accompanied by Princess Elizabeth visited USAAF Stations today. The [illegible] King and Queen and Princess Elizabeth [illegible] Lt. Col. J.A. du Bode (CO Station) wath Fortress "Four of a Kind" "revving up" for the bombing of "fly-bomb bases".
The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...
Civilian | Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth
During the Blitz, the King and Queen visited bombed areas to see the damage caused by enemy air raids. On these visits, the Queen took a keen interest in what was being done to help people who had lost their homes. After Buckingham Palace was bombed on...
Military | King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth
At 6pm on 3 September 1939, King George VI spoke to the people of Britain and the Empire. In his radio broadcast, he talked of the difficult times ahead and urged his people to stand firm.
Military | Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth
Princesses Elizabeth spent most of the war years at Windsor Castle and, like many other British children, was often apart from her parents. In October 1940, 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth broadcast a message to evacuees on the radio programme Children...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 29/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 525BS/379BG Kimbolton 19/6/44; 527BS; hit when parked at RAF Colerne by 42-97528 (351BG) 19/12/44; twice force landed on continent 3/45 but repaired and back onto operations;...
Military site : airfield
Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....