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page will be an aggregation of all the memories that have been published concerning Clark gable’s time at Polebrook airfield.

Clark Gable during WWII

The above image is copied from the American Air Museum website, reproduced here without any changes under the Creative Commons license.

IWM CATALOGUE RECORD

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Hollywood actor Clark Gable in the waist gun position of a a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 91st Bomb Group. Passed for publication 6 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: ‘Clark Gable Serves In England: Clark Gable has slipped into this country as Capt. Gable and is serving with the U.S. Army Air Force somewhere in England, as a Gunnery Instructor. He hopes that his movements will not be accompanied by the publicity that he had a while ago, because he wants to get down to the job as others are doing. Keystone Photo Shows: Pictured in one of the centre gun turrets, Gable gives a smile for the cameraman.’ On reverse: US Army Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. 268124. [censor no.]


 

Clark Gable Group

Hollywood actor Captain Clark Gable and his crew of the 511st Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (DS-Y, serial number 42-29835) nicknamed “Pistol Ball” at Bodney. Handwritten caption on reverse: ‘Clark Gable – Bodney – DS-Y ‘Pistol Ball’.’
The man to his right is Lt. Colonel E. L. “Pop” Clark. 352nd Fighter Group. Blue Nose Bastard.

IWM CATALOGUE RECORD

This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Hollywood actor Captain Clark Gable and his crew of the 511st Bomb Squadron, 351st Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (DS-Y, serial number 42-29835) nicknamed “Pistol Ball” at Bodney. Handwritten caption on reverse: ‘Clark Gable – Bodney – DS-Y ‘Pistol Ball’.’


 

B52 of 351st Group

This portrait of a B-17G Flying Fortress of the 351st Bombardment Group was taken by Capt. Clark Gable. Photo courtesy of the Robert F. Dorr Collection

Clark Gable talks to a cameraman

Hollywood Actor Clark Gable talks to a cameraman in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Handwritten caption on reverse: ’96BG.’ Second handwritten caption on reverse: ‘Captain Clark Gable.’


 

Clark Gable in B-17 Flying Fortress

Hollywood actor Clark Gable, talks to Sergeant Phil Hulse and Sergeant Kenneth Huls of the 351st Bomb Group from the waist gun position of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed for publication 6 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: ‘Clark Gable Serves In England: Clark Gable has slipped into this country as Capt. Gable and is serving with the U.S. Army Air Force somewhere in England, as a Gunnery Instructor. He hopes that his movements will not be accompanied by the publicity that he had a while ago, because he wants to get down to the job as others are doing. Keystone Photo Shows: Gable talks, from behind a machine-gun, to Sgt. Gunner Phil Hulse, of Springfield, Mo., Right, and Sgt. Gunner Kenneth Huls, from Perkin, Oklahoma.’ On reverse: US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Print No: 268131.

Clark Gable talks to Sergeant Phil Hulse

Hollywood Actor Clark Gable talks to Sergeant Phil Hulse of the 91st Bomb Group by the tail guns of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed for publication 6 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: ‘Clark Gable Serves In England: Clark Gable has slipped into this country as Capt. Gable and is serving with the U.S. Army Air Force somewhere in England, as a Gunnery Instructor. He hopes that his movements will not be accompanied by the publicity that he had a while ago, because he wants to get down to the job as others are doing. Keystone Photo Shows: Gable talks with Sgt. Phil Hulse, of Springfield, Mo., near the rear gun of a Fortress.’ On reverse: US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Print No: 261826.


 

Clark Gable from the waist gun position of a B-17

Hollywood actor Clark Gable, talks to Sergeant Phil Hulse and Sergeant Kenneth Huls of the 91st Bomb Group from the waist gun position of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Passed for publication 6 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: ‘Clark Gable Serves In England: Clark Gable has slipped into this country as Capt. Gable and is serving with the U.S. Army Air Force somewhere in England, as a Gunnery Instructor. He hopes that his movements will not be accompanied by the publicity that he had a while ago, because he wants to get down to the job as others are doing. Keystone Photo Shows: Gable talks, from behind a machine-gun, to Sgt. Gunner Phil Hulse, of Springfield, Mo., Right, and Sgt. Gunner Kenneth Huls, from Perkin, Oklahoma.’ On reverse: US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Print No: 268129


 

Clark Gable by the tail guns of a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 91st Bomb Group

Hollywood Actor Clark Gable by the tail guns of a B-17 Flying Fortress of the 91st Bomb Group. Passed for publication 6 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: ‘Clark Gable Serves In England: Clark Gable has slipped into this country as Capt. Gable and is serving with the U.S. Army Air Force somewhere in England, as a Gunnery Instructor. He hopes that his movements will not be accompanied by the publicity that he had a while ago, because he wants to get down to the job as others are doing. Keystone Photo Shows: Gable pictured walking round the tail of a Flying Fortress.’ On reverse: US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Print No: 268128.

 

Flew 5 missions filming 50,000 ft of gunney combat during 1943. He received the Air Medal for his service 1 mission was flown with the 303rd BG the rest with the 351st BG in different planes. The film was named ‘Combat America’ . It helped to increase recruitment in the Army.
Gable flew his last mission on Sept. 23, 1943, he was discharged in 1944

Air Medal

IN MEMORIAM

‘I would like to remember Capt Clark Gable (King of the Movies) he flew as a gunner with the 303rd Bomb Group, Molesworth, England.’
Remembered By Glenn M Gerber, Talbott, TN

 

ODD OUNDLE (4) CAPT. CLARK GABLE WAS STATIONED AT POLEBROOK AERODROME DURING WW11

Hollywood in Polebrook

The Day My Father Met Clark Gable

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Clark Gable and his link to Lilford Hall

 

 

 

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