the 91st bomb group
Bassingbourn was home to perhaps, the most famous Bomb Group within the 8th Air Force (USAAF) during World War II - the 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy).
The 91st Bomb Group, more famously known as "Wrays Ragged Irregulars" flew 340 missions whilst stationed at Bassingbourn between 07 November 1942 and 25 April 1945; this equated to some 9,591 sorties, dropping an estimated 22,142 tons of bombs.
91st BG Claims to Fame:
Highest total claims of enemy aircraft destroyed - 420
Highest losses of all 8AF Bomb Groups
First 8AF Bomb Group to attach a target in the Ruhr - 04 March 1943 - DUC awarded
Led the famous Schweinfurt mission on 17 August 1943
First 8AF Bomb Group to complete 100 missions - 05 January 1944
Selected to test the first Flak Suits in March 1943
B17 42-31909 "Nine 'O' Nine" completed 140 mission without a turn back for mechanical reason
Bassingbourn was also home to probably the most famous
plane of World War II ...