B-17Fs of the 8th Bomber Command, 1st Bomb Division, 305th Bomb Group, 366th Bomb Squadron, landing at their base, RAF Chelveston, in Northamptonshire, England, during World War II. The first to land displays a dozen yellow bombs, for missions, painted under the pilot's cockpit window, and Squadron code KY, and L, on its fuselage. Its tail number is 42-5053. The second plane to land displays KY and D, on fuselage, and tail number 42-29553. The third, shows the squadron's KY, but other markings are not readable. The fourth to land displays some mission bombs below its cockpit window, the Squadron KY, and J on the fuselage. Its tail number is 41-21624. Bomb Group tail codes and nose art are not seen on any of the aircraft. But, researchers have identified names of three of them: Bloody Tangier Show (42-5053), Arkie II (42-29553),and Madame Betterfly (41-24624), and estimate the film to have been shot between 3/1/1943 and 5/19/1943.
U.S. 351st Bomb Group at RAF Station Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England during World War II. A display board of the U.S. 351st Bomb Group, at RAF Station Polebrook, England, shows 15 principal targets and the number of times they've been struck by B-17s of the Group. The most missions were flown against Schweinfurt, Germany (25 times) and second most, against Hanover, Germany (17 times). Another recent status board records missions against Amiens and Evreux,and Romilly, France; Stuttgart, Germany; and Brussels,Belgium.Swastikas indicate German aircraft shot down during these raids. A C-45 aircraft lands and parks at the field. Major General Ira C. Eaker,Commander 8th Air Force, steps from the plane for a visit with the 351st Bomb Group. He proceeds to the briefing room, in a Quonset hut. Four Officers of the Group pose. View of heavy bombs in the bomb dump. Views of bombs hung wing racks of a B-17 to increase its bomb load. Bombs being transported on motorized dollies. Airmen writing in chalk on a bomb. It reads: "From the boys K of C #92 Jim, MH." Fliers at nighttime in their Quonset hut quarters. One writes a letter. Others trying to sleep, as sounds of aircraft engines are heard. Officer opens door of quarters and wakes crew members, telling them breakfast is at 3AM and briefing at 4AM. Briefing officer asks fliers to guess what the target of the day will be. Several make suggestions. The briefing officer removes a cover from the mission map, revealing target deep in Germany. The fliers respond with good-natured boos. Commander gives final instructions.,
Scene from filming of "Combat America" at RAF Polebrook in England. U.S. Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress parked on an airbase. Several takes of AAF Gunner, Sergeant Posti, with belt of 50 caliber ammunition over his shoulder talking with Captain Clark Gable, standing near the plane.
Scenes from filming of "Combat America," at RAF Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England, during World War 2. B-17s parked on the airfield. U.S. Airmen standing near and on balcony of the Base Operations control tower building. Interior of Quonset Hut barrack. An airman reading. Four U.S. Army Air Force Officers posing in Class A uniform with blouse and hat.
Scenes filmed during making of "Combat America" during World War 2. British Royal Air Force airmen play cricket and U.S. Army Air Force airmen play volleyball at RAF Station Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England.
Scenes from filming of "Combat America," during World War 2, at RAF Station Polebrook in Northamptonshire England. United States Army Air Force personnel standing near a basin for cleaning weapons. They clean the weapons. Airbase buildings in the background. Views of Captain Clark Gable approaching the two men and talking to them as they clean and ready the guns.