|Army Air Force Station 117 was located about 50 miles
north of London in Huntingdonshire, England near the village of Kimbolton. Prior to
the arrival of the Americans, its population was about 750 people.
Kimbolton was initially and briefly occupation by the 91st Bomb Group in September 1942 but the airfield was determined to be unsuitable for operations with the heavy US bombers and that group was relocated to Bassingbourn.
|In this often published photograph, the "Lost Angel", B-17G 42-38183 is seen conducting a belly landing at Kimbolton after the plane had returned from a mission with landing gear problems. The ball turret had been jettisoned to avoid the yoke breaking the fuselage. Other than some damage to the propellers and undersurface skins,|
|the plane was repaired and flew combat again. In fact, Fred Acomb later flew two missions in this same aircraft.|