447th Bomb Group Association
One of the original Harvard aircraft, 42-31100 "B" The Gimp, was assigned to the 709th squadron and arrived at Rattlesden in November 1943.
On New Years Day, 1945, during takeoff in fog and heavy clouds, The Gimp stalled, and made a belly landing at the far end of the runway. Lt. Beighley's crew survived, but the aircraft was written off and salvaged.
Harvard photo, dated October 27, 1943
2nd from the left, kneeling is John T. Christie
in an undated photo taken at the Strategic Air Depot
during refit or modifications