323rd Squadron USAAF

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Reference WMO156834

Address:

Wimpole Hall Estate

Arrington

Royston

SG8 0BW

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Lettering: Raised
About the memorial: A memorial to the 323rd Bomb Squadron of 91st Bomb Group US Air Force who were stationed nearby during the Second World War.

IN MEMORY OF AND DEDICATED TO / THE 323RD BOMB SQUADRON AIRMEN / OF THE 91ST BOMB GROUP (HEAVY), 8TH AIR FORCE, / USAAF STATION 121, BASSINGBOURN, ENGLAND / During World War II, from November 7, 1942, to June 23, 1945, there were 105 B-17 bombers of the 323rd Bomb Squadron parked and serviced / on nine “pads” that were concealed among an avenue of stately elm trees / that stretched from Wimple Hall to the Huntingdon/Royston Road. Fifty- / two of the bombers were lost to enemy action while flying 339 daylight / missions against Hitler’s Europe killing 227 airmen: 215 became prisoners / of war: and 12 evaded capture. The squadron’s B-17, “Nine-O-Nine” flew an amazing 8th Air Force record of 140 casualty free missions, from December 30, 1943 to June 8, 1945 (VE-Day)./ The diagram below shows the 323rd Dispersal Area D parking “pads” and the “nose” names of the original nine B-17s. To reach / the Bassingbourn Airbase runways/hangars, the B-17s taxied across the road near this memorial marker.

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