Re:Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed.
Good stuff as usual. In view of recent info I believe the caption for the photo is erroneous. Comparing the background in the two Fold3 photos of The Qualified Quail on its hardstand at Bassingbourn with the photo I have purported to have been taken in Rapid City, S. D., they are very similar. Same treeline, same ground cover, etc.
The real clincher is that the mission bombs are, (as nearly as I can make out), about the same as in the second Fold3 photo, so I would conclude that the "Rapid City" photo was in fact taken at Bassingbourn around the time of the second Fold3 photo.
A nearly identical copy of the photo I have, (same crew same a/c, slightly different camera angle), can be seen on page 137 of Frederic Weekes' book "No Place To Hide".