323rd Bomb Squadron USAAF


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Reference WMO268601

Address:

Bassingbourn Barracks

Old North Road

Bassingbourn

SG8 5LX

Isle of Man

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Rectangular silver - painted plaque with black lettering set on a metal post. At the head is a side view of a B17 and below is a raised metal map of the dispersal area.
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IN MEMORY OF AND DEDICATED TO/ THE 323rd BOMB SQUADRON AIRMEN OF/ 91st BOMB GROUP (HEAVY), 8th AIR FORCE/ US AAF STATION 121 BASSINGBOURNE, ENGLAND./ DURING WORLD WAR II FROM NOVEMBER 7 1942 TO JUNE 23 1945 THERE/ WERE 105 B-17 BOMBERS OF THE 323 rd BOMB SQUADRON PARKED AND SERVICED/ ON NINE "PADS" THAT WERE CONCEALED AMONG AN AVENUE OF STATELY ELM TREES/ THAT STRETCHED FROM WIMPOLE 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; 216 BECAME PRISONERS/ OF WAR: AND 12 EVADED CAPTURE. THE SQUADRON'S B17 "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 THE BASSINGBOURNE AIRBASE RUNWAYS/ HANGERS THE B-17 TAXIED ACROSS/ THE ROAD NEAR THIS MEMORIAL MARKER.

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