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A B-17 Flying Fortress passes the Control Tower 1943 (91st BG, USAAF)
RAF Bassingbourn airfield - 91st Bomb Group
Airfield Today:
Army Barracks, restricted entry
Tower Type:
1. Pre War Fort type 207/36, modified with extra floor and extended tower
2. Replaced post-war with Control Tower, Vertical Split Control Type 2548c/55, now demolished
Tower:
1. Tower preserved as a museum to the 91st Bomb Group
2. Demolished in the 1990s.
Other Buildings:
Most of the original wartime buildings remain in Army use, 3 of the 4 C Type hangars, runways, perimeter track, ops block, pillboxes
History:
1938 to 09/42, Operational R.A.F. Bomber Command Station, Squadrons based here (mainly with Wellingtons): 35, 98, 104, 108, 215.
Transferred to 8th U.S.A.A.F. Command 10/42.
14/10/42 to 06/45, 322nd, 323rd, 324th and 401st Bomb Squadrons of the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'The Ragged Irregulars' commanded by Colonel Stanley Wray moved here from Kimbolton.
Famed as the base of the B-17F 'Memphis Belle' and immortalised in the wartime film of the same name with many scenes shot here (1990 remake filmed at Binbrook). Flew 340 missions, losing 197 B-17's.
06/45 to 06/49, Transport Command with Liberators then Yorks.
08/50 to 04/53, 353rd Bomb Sqn of the 301st BG with B-29s. 01/51, Airfield transferred to USAFE control. Later used by RB-50s of the 38th Sqn, 55th SRW, and B-50s of the 341st BS, 97th BG and 96th BS, 2nd BG.

/51 to /69, 231 and 237 OCU, RAF Bomber Command with Canberras, Mosquitoes and Meteors. Now used for army infantry training.
RAF Bassingbourn - 91st Bomb Group
Front 1998 Robert Truman)
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Photographs of 91st BG B-17 Flying Fortress bombers Here
1944 (© 91st BG, USAAF, via Terry Flemming)
RAF Bassingbourn airfield - 91st Bomb Group
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/03/38
RAF closure:
19/05/69
ID Code:
BS
USAAF Station:
121
Runways:
3x - concrete/tarmac, all extended in 1942
Hangars:
4x - C Type
County:
Cambridgeshire
Location:
3.5 miles NW of Royston
OS Ref:
TL330462
Links:
Photographs of the 91st BG Here
'The Memphis Belle' - the 1990 film of this name was actually shot at Binbrook
RAF Bassingbourn control tower museum
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Bassingbourn - 91st Bomb Group
The post-war control tower 1990 (© David Hawes)
1998 Robert Truman)
RAF Bassingbourn airfield - 91st Bomb Group (Heavy) -
RAF Bassingbourn 91st BG airfield + watch office = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - Bassingbourn -