Nose Art, Aircraft & Airmen of the 379th Bombardment Group

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      Please note that the photos are more representative of the aircraft & not the crew(s). This was war  & if the mission needed 30 aircraft
   from the 379th, they sent 30 aircraft no matter if it was your  crew's assigned ship. Many crews flew many different aircraft because their assigned 
  ship may not be airworthy for that mission or it may have been needed & your crew was in trianing or relaxing for that day. Crews were rotated for duty.
  Some were active for a mission & some were ordered to "stand down".
 Unless otherwise noted some of these crews pictured may not be the crew that loaded for the mission noted here.

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            "Ol'Gappy/Topper* 42-40003 *
   Ground Crew Chief: M/Sgt Joe Sligoski
                  524th BS
            Fuselage Code WA-H
      Flew 157 missions more than any other
         heavy bomber in the 8th USAAF

     Sold as salvage at Kingman, Az
             10 Nov 1945
      For info on crews go to:


  "Powerful Katrinka* 42-107068  *  
                                 524th BS
                        Fuselage Code: WA-C
           Ground Crew Chief - John"Bud" Sterling
               First assigned Crew  (Pictured Above)
                    Lt  John G. Hamlin Crew
               Starting from the left, rear row:
      Clarence W. Poethig (N)
     John G. Hamlin (P)
     James E. Pestshe (CP)
     Elmer J. Armstrong (TT)
                Starting from the left, front row:
      Boyce G. Nelson (RO)
     James E. Pitlick (WG)
     Joe E. Fennig (TG)
     Stanley M. Wick (BT)
                       Lost June 25, 1944
        Lt Thomas Butcher Crew on board
                              MACR 6737

                 Read more about this event at:
     Powerful  Katrinka Tribute Website

 *  42-3048  *   "Big Bust"
Assigned to the 524th BS
Fuselage Code/ Call Sign
This Aircraft arrived overseas
ready for duty on 19 March 1943
first assigned to the 305th Bomb Group.
She was transferred to the 381st that
August but stayed there only one month
and was transferred again to the 379th BG
Where she found a home and success as
a fine Aircraft. Heavily battle damaged she
was transferred on 04 April 1944 to the
2nd BAD( Base Air Depot). She spent the
rest of the war there being transferred back
to the USA on 04 April 1945.

Pictured here is the Berman Crew
Charles L White - S/Sgt - LWG
Lester T Berman - 1st Lt - Bom
Raymond E Mullenix - SGT - BTG
Martin B Cave - T/Sgt – RO/G
James L Lepard Jr. – 1st Lt - Nav
Gilbert C Heath – 1st Lt - Pilot
Emerson G Zapotosky - F.O. - Co-Pilot
John E Hollister – S/Sgt - TTG
Edwin G Finance – S/Sgt - LWG
Homer C Clark – S/Sgt - TG

         * 42-3199 *  "Calamity Jane"
                         524th BS
               Fuselage Codes WA- S/Z
      Shot down by Hptm Walter Hoeckner
                 of  the G 1/II Stab
flying a Fw 190A-6   
       near Lindlar, Germany Aug 12, 1943.
Paulin Crew on board
     James  C  Sadler  T/Sgt  - TTG/Eng  - POW

     Vincent  J  Bradner  Sgt  - BTG  - KIA

     R  W  Canfield   Major -  LWG  - MIA

     Robert  H  Dependahl  2nd Lt  - Nav  - POW

     Harry  X  Ford   2nd Lt  - Bom  - POW

     James  S  Farnum  S/Sgt  - RWG  - KIA

     Daniel  C  Fox  T/Sgt  - RO/Gunner  - KIA

     George  F  Harmon  FO - Co-Pilot  - POW

     E  J  Mcgee   Capt -  Observer  - POW

     Adolph  J  Lurig   S/Sgt  - TG -  KIA

     Robert  P  Paulin  1st Lt  - Pilot  - POW

                      MACR 905
                   5 KIA, 5 POW

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           * 42-5828  *   "The Sweater Girl"
                             524th BS
Fuselage Codes WA-O/D
      (Pictured above is the first assigned crew)
     Wilma  L  Hawkins 2nd Lt Pilot  
     William  C  Follmer  2nd Lt Nav
     Harold  E  Forrest  T/Sgt RO/Gunner 
     Robert  H  Fernstaedt  S/Sgt BTG
     Alex  S  Roule  S/Sgt TG
     Garland  H  Morgan T/Sgt TTG  
     Thomas  O  Lamph  Sgt RWG
     Robert  J  Redmon  S/Sgt Lwg 
     Donald  W  Hefkin  2nd Lt Bom 
     Dewey  G  Barnes Jr.  2nd Lt Co-Pilot

      The Sweater Girl's last mission  
     She was Forced to crash land in Oberbruch-Germany
Feb 22, 1944  with the Morse Crew
on board
                                 Morse Crew
Pictured Above)

               Standing  left to right : 
John F. Humphreys (top  turret gunner, fatally injured , mission 54, Dec. 31, 1943)
Charles S. Sechrist  S/Sgt -  Eng/TTG
Homer L.  Neill  S/Sgt - BTG
Charles E. Cox  S/Sgt - RWG
Andrew L.  Allen  S/Sgt  - LWG
 Willard H. Clothier  T/Sgt RO

               Squating left to right:
John E. Morse  1st Lt - Pilot
Robert J.Philips  FO - CP
Robert Y.  Daniels  2nd Lt - Bom
Leonard R  Lovelace  2nd Lt - Nav

               Crew at the time of the MIA
     Edward  T  Pate  Sgt – TG -Repatriated
     John  E  Morse  1st Lt - Pilot - POW

     Robert  J  Philips  FO - Co-Pilot - POW

     Leonard  R  Lovelace  2nd Lt – Nav - POW

     Robert  Y  Daniels  2nd Lt – Bom - POW

     Willard  H  Clothier  T/Sgt - RO/Gunner -    RTB

     Homer  L  Neill  S/Sgt – BT - Gunner  - POW

     Charles  S  Sechrist  S/Sgt - Eng/TT G - POW

     Charles  E  Cox  S/Sgt – RWG - POW

     Andrew  L  Allen  S/Sgt – LWG -POW
                             MACR 2868
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                  "Unknown Crew Pictured"
                * 42-29866 *  "Judy - B"
                                   524th BS
                            Fuselage Code WA-L
                           Shot down by AA at
                          Le Bourget, Paris, France 
                               Aug 16, 1943
Biglar crew on board
      James  A  Dyson  S/Sgt  - RWG - RTB
      John  A  Stachura  S/Sgt – LWG - KIA

      Charles  R  Bigler  Lt - Pilot - RTB

      Vern  P  Deehr  Lt - Co-Pilot - POW

      John  W  Bradley  Lt – Nav - POW

      John  T  Boyle  Lt – Bom - RTB

      Benjamin  G  Johnson  T/Sgt - RO/Gunner- PUO

      Albert  P  Tyler  T/Sgt – TTG - RTB

      Charles  J  Kukawski  Sgt – BTG - POW

      Paul  V  Matthews S/Sgt – TG - POW

                         MACR 1352
                   1 KIA, 5 POW, 4 evaded
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                      "Unknown Crews Pictured"
               42-29890   "Stupefier"
             aka " Madam Pissonya"

       42-29890 "Madame Pisonya"
                aka "Stupifier"   
  379th BG 525th BS FR-E then 526th BS LF-J 
         damaged on Anklam,  crash on the base   
            crash landed near Kimbolton, UK
           Oct 9, 1943. Salvaged Oct 10, 1943

Unidentified Crew Pictured
But we believe it to be
the Osborne Crew since
they were about the only Crew
That flew this Aircraft during her
war time career.

"Scarlett O'Hara"
was assigned to the
524th BS of the 379th BG
Fuselage Code(s) WA-K then WA-I
Another one of the Original "41"
This aircraft was unique with it's Nose Art by
having two different panels; one on each side of
the Aircraft.

Shot down by Obfw Otto Bach
of the JG 1/5
flying a Fw 190A
2 km SW of Metternich, Germany
Aug 12, 1943.

Excerpt from the MACR
"We had been shot up pretty bad but were still flying!
The Last thing we heard on the inter-phone was a report that
almost all of our guns were out & then the pilot was
cursing the Huns just before he gave the order to bailout.
Lt Osborne was still at the controls when the Co-Pilot
& Engineer bailed. They said he had his chest chute on & told them
to go that he would be right behind them but as they left the ship they
saw the cockpit section was engulfed in flames."
Then the aircraft exploded.

Osborne Crew
Howard R Scruggs - S/Sgt - TG - KIA
Mildred O Fambrough - T/Sgt - RO/G - KIA
Lawrence E Truman - S/Sgt - KIA
Charles B Irwin - RWG - KIA
Ralph H Osborne - 2nd Lt - Pilot - KIA
Leslie E Jones - 2nd Lt - Co-Pt - POW
William D Hand - 2nd Lt - Nav. - POW
Thomas C Wickham - @nd Lt - -Bom - POW
Patrick J Keenan - T/Sgt - TTG - POW
Warren T Dayton - S/Sgt - LWG - KIA

MACR 1762. 6 KIA, 4 POW

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          42-30191 "The Bolevich"
            S/Sgt Krul Ground Crew Chief
                           525th BS
                  Fuselage Code: FR-C
                    Damaged by AAA
          then shot down by Fw Cristof Nagel
                   of the NJG 101/10
in a BF 1009  
                at Elfershausen, Germany
                       Aug 17, 1943
                 on mission to Schweinfurt
      #4 engine burst into flames & some thought
      #3 was on fire but not confirmed when bailout 
      call was given.
      Capt Merchant crash landed the aircraft
    because by the time he was sure all were out it was too
     late for him to do so. After he landed the aircraft he 
      was told by Germans that T/Sgt Hecht's chute did 
      not open & he was shown the body as proof.
         Capt.Donald Merchant's Crew assigned

                 TOP ROW: standing left to right:
      Don Merchant -
Capt - Pilot - POW
      James  E  Sullivan  Lt - Co-Pilot  - POW
      Ernest  K  Keith  Lt – Nav - POW
      Leonard  J  Roman  Lt - Bom - POW
      Robert  T  Tonge 4  S/Sgt  - BTG - POW
     (Leonard Roman is holding his Scottie dog, Angus!)
                BOTTOM ROW: kneeling left to right
      Edgar Van Valkenburg   S/Sgt – LWG - POW
      Gene  R  Hecht  T/Sgt  - RO/Gunner  - KIA
      Johannes  H  Johnson  T/Sgt - TT Gunner/Eng - POW
      Harold  B  Ridgley  T/Sgt – RWG - POW
      John  L  Wierzbanowski   S/Sgt – TG - POW

    I would like to add a follow up here about the Crew.
 It was later discovered that Harold B Ridgley T/Sgt – RWG
& Edgar Van Valkenburg S/Sgt – LWG were both Killed by their SS interrogators.

                     Photo of the Crash Landing
                   MACR 1765. 1 KIA 9 POW
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            42-31083   "Tenny Belle"
   Ground Crew Chief:  M/Sgt William F. Preprzak
                           525th BS
Fuselage Code FR-A 
        Houston Crew Pictured above

     Francis  S  Chard Sgt LWG
     Earl  L  Houston 2nd Lt Pilot
     Sam  A  Giorgianni FO Co-Pilot
     Richard  C  Brooke 2nd Lt Navigator
     Eugene  F  Hart 2nd Lieutenant Bom
     Robert  M  Lee S/Sgt TTG
     Edward  A  Babier S/Sgt ROr/Gunner
     Paul  H  Fetterhoff  Sgt BTG
     Edward  J  Ludwig  Sgt RWG
     Robert  L  Kelly Sgt TG          
             Damaged on mission to Sorau,
              exploded over Barrow Drove, UK
                         11 April 44
                  9 killed, one wounded
                       2Lt  Daly Jr Crew
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    "The Blue Blazzing Blizzard" 
                           524th BS
              Fuselage Code(s): WA-H & WA-M
                      Lost Sept. 8, 1944
                        MACR 8844

 Lt Ellingson's Crew





Clair  F  Young

Staff Sgt



Wallace  R Tipsword

Staff Sgt



Orvest  G  Ellingson

2nd Lt



Joseph  L  Wells

2nd Lt



Merill  B  Collins

2nd Lt



Clifford  N Danielsen

2nd Lt



Roy  F  Mansen

Staff Sgt



Robert  J  Harrell

Staff Sgt



Joe  K  Demure

Staff Sgt



  She came off the line at Boeing on 06/12/1943. She was next added to the USAAF inventory on 16 January 1944. She arrived overseas in Scotland on 27 January 1944 and was immediately assigned to the 524th Bomber Squadron of the 379th BG Kimbolton, England. On 08 September 1944 she went MIA on Mission #199 of the 379th BG to bomb the synthetic oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany.
I normally give an account of what happened to this ship but thought you may enjoy hearing the experience firsthand. Here is a link to an interview of the Tail Gunner Clair F. Tipsword of the Ellingson Crew who was on board the Aircraft for that mission. copy and paste this address.
   Go here to hear S/Sgt Tipsword's account on the fate of "The Blue Blazzin Blizzard":
 42-31720 "The Blue Blazzing Blizzard" 
                           524th BS
     Pictured above are original Crew:

Raymond  (NMI)  Janukowicz   2nd Lt  - Nav.
Victor  H  Hoyer  Pvt.   - RO/Gunner

William  J  Weigel  T/Sgt  -Eng/TTG
Ernal  W  Bridwell  2nd LT   - Pilot

Matthew  (NMI)  Nathan  2nd Lt   - Bom 
Edward  G  Reuland  S/Sgt   - LWG  
Joseph  A  Skrazynta  S/Sgt  - RWG
Hugh  (NMI)  Mcginty  S/Sgt  - TG

ohn  E  Talbert  2nd Lt  - Co-Pilot

Johnnie  R  Phillips S/Sgt   -BTG
          For more info on crews loading

     42-38192  "Coral Princess"
                         524th BS
                   Fuselage Code WA-C
                  (Pictured above)
             Back Row, Lt to Rt:
               Front Row:
                     Lost Jul 12, 1944
                  on mission to Munich
                 Hutchins Crew on board
                   8 KIA  & 1 POW
                      MACR 7506

       For more info on crews go to:

Identification of the above pictured crew was
by David L. Deveny son of Navigator
                2nd Lt Robert L. Deveny


        Unknown Crew Pictured
      42-97170   "Julie Mae"
                         527th BS
                Fuselage Code FO-A
            Crashed near Romilly, France
                       Dec 4, 1944
          2nd Lt
Crew on board.
          The rear fuselage broke into after 
             a collision with 42-97833-
          "The Silver Dollar" flown by
             1st Lt Faught  & crew
                       7 crew killed

            Engineer/TT Gunner & Tail Gunner
            were the only survivors of the crew

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        Unknown Crew Pictured
             42-107014    "Lucy"
                          527th BS
                   Fuselage Code FO-K
                     Lost Apr 30, 1944.
             Lt Puckett Crew on board
Donald  M  Childes 2nd Lt Co-Pilot POW
       Alvin  L  Hirschi Sgt BT POW

       Charles  J  Ingraham Jr. 2nd Lt Nav POW
Robert  D  Puckett Lt Pilot POW
George  E  Reedy FO Bom POW
Robert  L  Salley T/Sgt Eng/TTG POW
Attilio  S  Tirapelli S/Sgt TG POW
Jarvis  D  Williams S/Sgt WG POW
Roman Yriarte T/Sgt RO/G POW
                        MACR 11057
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                43-38178 "Seattle Sue"
                     525th BS
                Fuselage Code FR-P
                Lost May 25, 1945
               Mid-air collision with
             AC# 43-38272 "The Thumper"
            James N. Blain Crew on board
              Germany. MACR 14319

     This is the Copeland Crew & at the time of this photo
     they were flying aircraft # 43-38178 "Seattle Sue"
     So far we do not have a photo of that ship with
     this crew but we have this crews Identity.

                       The Copeland Crew

                     Back row Left to Right:

            SGT RG   Radio  - Thomas Burns
            CPL NG   AG R.Waist  - Jack Jennings

            SGT TG   Tail                - James Agee

            SGT WG  AG L.Waist  - Curtis D. Morris

            SGT BT    Lower Ball    - James F. Russ

            SGT TT    Engineer     - Lawrence A. Baskett

                     Front row Left to Right:

            2ND LT   Pilot  - Phillips J. Copeland

            2ND LT   Co Pilot  - Leonard G. Rice

            2ND LT    Navigator  - Warren M. Doolittle

            F/O           Bombardier  - Vic Basile

      This crew eventually broke up and became part
     of the reserve Crews and Personnel Squadron. Many
     of them found homes with other Crews and Aircraft
     while some stayed in that section volunteering for all
      missions in hopes of completing their tours early.
          Thanks goes to the family of: 
       SGT Lawrence A.Baskett TT/Eng who later found a
     home with the Lt Kitchen Crew to finish his tour.

             44-6835   " Stardust"
                     527th BS
                Call Sign FO-A
           Unknown Crew Photo
               03 May 1944   

          Capt Hoverland Crew Pictured
    Far right standing is Major Walter Fulkerson

         42-31040  "Duffy's Tavern"
                          527th BS
                   Fuselage Code FO-A
                    Lost Jan 29, 1944
              Capt. Hoverkamp Crew on board
                 9-Evaded & 1-POW
                        MACR 2873 

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42-29802  "Ruthie II"
                    527th BS
             Fuselage Code FO-C
                  Pictured above
               James E. Smith Crew 

               Kneeling left to right

        Joseph Uporsky  - TTG/Eng

        Walter Webster - RO/G

        Edward ‘Whitey’ Warren – TG

        Herschell H. “Shorty” Davis -  BTG

        Leroy Nicholson - RWG

        James L. Potter – LWG

              Back row Left to right

        James E. Smith – Pilot

        James E. Mulkern – Bom

        Joseph R. LeBore – Nav

        Leon Lanphear  - Co-pilot

Ruthie II was first assigned

to the 92ndBG from April, 1943.
Then transferred to the 379th BG
13 Sept 1943. She survived the war and was sen
t to Stillwater, Oklahoma in July 1944. After that
Her fate is unknown at the present time.
After the mission to Hanover,

Germany Jul 28, 1943 for the 92nd BG.

She landed at RAF Faulsham. 

Co-Pilot John C. Morgan The Co-Pilot for the 92nd

was awarded “The Medal of Honor”

for his actions on that mission.

The Co-Pilot's actions were part of the story

line for the book & movie

"Twelve O'Clock High"

        42-29718   "Fatso
      aka Widow Maker"
                         524th BS

                Fuselage Code WA-C
            "Fatso" was transferred to the 92nd BG
              & then to to the 94th BG
            She survived the war & was last sent to
            Walnut Ridge Arkansas & sold for scrap
           While assigned with the 379th BG she
            was in the care of John "Bud" Sterling
             as her Crew Chief. John was one of only four
            Ground Crew Chiefs to be awarded the
           "Legion of Merit for their outstanding
             performance record. John was also the Nose Art
            specialist for the 524thBS.

        Unknown Crew Pictured
   "The Birmingham Jewel"
  Ground Crew Chief: M/Sgt Waddel
                     525th BS  LF-J
                      128 missions
                    Lost on Chemnitz
                          3 Feb 45
                       Webber Crew, 
             Shot down by enemy fighters
         Southwest of Hamburg, Germany
                       MACR 12217

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              42-3325  "Paddy Gremlin"
                                524th BS
          Struck by bomb dropped from higher
       aircraft  during mission  & crash landed
                   near Belgian border.
                          Jan 30, 1944
        Crew unhurt until strafed on ground
                     by German fighter,
                     Presumably to stop
            them from setting fire to aircraft,
            Wounding two seriously and six
               2Lt Kenneth Davis & Crew
                            MACR 2867
- 10 POW - 

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            This was one of two Aircraft that bore the
    the name"Phyllis" However judging by the
    damage this was probably 43-37622.
          This aircraft was assigned to the 527th BG
   on 08 July 1944. Her fuselage Code was FO-F. Her
   time with the 379th BG was short lived because on
   05 August she was involved in a Category "E"
   collision with A/C # 42-107169 upon landing
   from the days mission. She was transferred to
   the 8th AAF depot # 315 on the same day. As far as
   we know she never flew again.
          Info on the other "Phyllis"
                    42-97825   "Phyllis"
                  526th BS then to the 527th BS
                  Fuselage Code LF-U then FO-L
                Assigned to the 379th BG on 28 June 44
               then transferred to the 527th BS when
               the 526th became a PFF Unit in March 1945.
               It's fuselage code became FO-L. Returned to the U.S.
        29 June 1945 & sold as scrap 2 Dec 1945 Kingman, Az

        44-6507 " Lucky Patch"
                              527th BS
                    Fuselage Code FO-K
                  Crashed at an Airfield
                          in England
                 Co-Pilot told me they were
                  having control problems
                    24 September 1944
                   Isaac Robertson Crew
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42-30720 "Nine Yanks and a Rebel"
                                   526th BS
                          Fuselage Code- LF-O
     According to the date on this photo some of the
 Airmen where from the William  N  Hahn Crew
               For more info on  this crew

                         42-97890 " Lil Satan"
                     a.k.a. "Queen of Hearts"
                              524th BS
                   Fuselage Codes WA U/R
                              25 July 1944
                      Lt Becker crew loading
                  Hit by Anti – Aircraft fire Killing
                The Bombardier.  The Navigator  &
                 the Tail Gunner bailed out. The rest
                of the crew tied the Bombardier to the
              Top Turret supports. They decided to stay
              with the ship in hoes of reaching England.
               They managed to make an RAF but not in
               time to save Lt Maata. This photo was taken
              at that time. That is Lt Becker looking at the
             damage. This aircraft was combat ready in
              wo weeks after this photo.Her next Crew
            decided she & they would be better off with a
             name change to the Queen of Hearts. A photo
           of the Pilot's wife was to be used as Queen of
           Hearts. However, the crew was able to the new
           Nose Art on their jackets but the ship because
          she was lost before the artist could start on the
                            Final Mission
                         28 September 44
            Fighter and Anti-Aircraft brought her down.
                  Crashed near Niederdodelebau,
                            MACR 9364
               Lt Charles D. Rutledge Crew
              2 KIA- Pilot & Bombardier
              7 POW

The Queen Of Hearts:
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                           Pictured below is the
                          Howard  W  Simpkins Jr. Crew
        They were the 2nd crew of 43-37851 until March 1945
                               Standing far left is 
                        Co- Pilot - Edgar  C  Gjelvik
                                Standing far right is
                         Navigator - Ira  G.  Eppinger
                   The rest of the crew is unknown at this time
               43- 37851        "Goo Goo"
                             525th BS FR-O
                               524th BS WA-O
                            Failed to Return
                             April 10 45
                She was attacked by fighters nearing target &
                was last seen leaving formation under control
                 but with heavy damage in the tail section. 
               Some accounts referred to her
               vertical stabilizer as being
                 severely damaged.
                              MACR 13874
                    2Lt Henry J. McFadden Crew

     Henry  J  Mcfadden   2nd Lt - Pilot - RTB
     Russell  W  Curtis   2nd Lt - Nav - RTB
     Donald  D  Ware   S/Sgt -RO/Gunner - RTB
     Ernest  S  Fisher   Sgt - BTG - MIA
     Derwin  O  Blankenship  - Sgt TG - RTB
     Auburn  S  Kattengell  2nd Lt - CP - RTB
     Howell  D  Ellard  T/Sgt – Engi/TT Gunner - RTB
     Paul  T  Hamilton  Sgt - Nose Gunner/Togglier -RTB
     Robert  F  Sommer  S/Sgt  - WG - RTB  
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                                 42-31043  "Elsie Mae"
                                     a.k.a "Hell's Belle"                             
                                            527th BS
                                Crash Landed Dec. 09 1944
                                Scavenged for parts
                                 Pictured above are
                                 Peter Kasak - Pilot
                                 Ed McCardle- Co-Pilot

                                      Jack T, Fryer's Crew
                               Elsie Mae's assigned Crew 
                                      for 15 Missions
                            27 May 1944 to 27 June 1944

                          For more info on crews loading

            44-8589  "Pretty Olga"
                                 526th BS
                    Fuselage Codes   LF-Z/L
           Sent to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
                       27 October 1945

                    42-5827     "Lakanuki"
                   Assigned to the 526th BS
                      Fuselage Code: LF Y
     She was one of the "Original 41". Those were the first  aircraft assigned to the 379th BG while they were still Stateside. The "Original 41" were flown to England. "Lakanuki" was able to make a forced landing in Switzerland & later she was used as a commercial airliner for the Swiss.
Lt Allen E. Grissom Crew Loaded for
Mission Number: 56 for the 379th flown on 1/5/1944
Target City: Kiel , Germany
Target: Port Facilities

Crew was Repatriated
after being
Interned in Sweden
May 1st 1944
MACR 1942
                     For more info on crews loading

                42-31021      "Whirlaway"        
                          524 th BS
                    Fuselage Code WA- K    

                     03 02 44 Salvaged 

42-97302  "Scotch N' Soda"
                    525th BS
              Fuselage Code FR-B
   Officer's of the Mills Crew Pictured
On 02/16/1945  this aircraft aborted mission # 280 for the 379th BG due to mechanical failure.After aborting from the mission The Crew(unknown at this time) abandoned the aircraft. She crash landed at Old Buckingham on the Carleton Road in England.

 Another photo of Scotch & Soda with
  the Mills Crew.
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                  42-29905       " 4-Q-2"
                     a.k.a.- "Sufering Sal"
          526th BS - LF-Z then to the 525th -  FR-Z
                     then to the 527th BS
                               Fuselage Code FR-Z
                    Returned to the United States
                    Sold as scrap 14 September 1945

      The Phinney Crew
         Last Crew of the
       "London Avenger
           Top Left to Right
    Lt Keith L. Phinney - Pilot
    Lt Victor Wickline - Co-Pilot
    Lt William Wagner - Navigator
    Lt William Williams - Bombardier
            Bottom Left to Right
     S/Sgt Robert Novello - Ball Turret
     S/Sgt Donald Rasmussen Top Turret/Eng.
     S/Sgt Edward Hitchan - Radio Operator/Gunner
     S/Sgt Willie Adams - Waist Gunner
     S/Sgt Clyde Tacy - Tail Gunner

The London Avenger"
      42-31228 -  525th BS
       Fuselage Code FR-F
   In 1943 money was raised in Bermondsey to buy no fewer then twenty Flying Fortresses. The target was to see if they could raise £800,000 for the war effort the actual amount raised was £845,113. The first four were delivered in June of 1943. Cllr Albert Starr, Mayor of Bermondsey, gave the name Rotherhithe's Revenge to one of the Flying Fortresses. The other three were named Bermondsey Battler, London Avenger and Bermondsey Special, The four were known at that time as the Bermondsey War Loan fleet of American bombers. In June 1943 these aircraft were based at Ridgewell in Essex. The London Avenger ended up in the 525th BS of the 379th BG.

             Coming Soon Photo
            42-29878 "Lady Godiva"
                     526th BG
             Fuselage Code LF-G

(Pilot) Capt. Theodore M. Peterson. (EVD).

(CP) 2nd Lt. Jack W. Bourn. (POW).

(N) 2nd Lt. Woodrow T. Moore. (POW).

(B) 2nd Lt. Warren J. Rosacker. (POW).

(Radio) T/Sgt. J M. Scott. (EVD).

(TGE) S/Sgt. M M. Spencer. (POW).

(BTG) S/Sgt. W E. Blubaugh. (POW).

(RWG) Sgt. W T. Ayres. (POW).

(LWG) S/Sgt. P R. Cribelar. (POW).

(TG) S/Sgt. C A. Brown. (POW).

    For info on memorial site in France go to:

                   Look under 1943


527th BS fuselage Code FO-Y
           This was one of the original aircraft assigned
      to the 379th BG. She was heavily damaged by flak
      on the first mission to St. Nazaire on 29 May 1943.
     One engine on fire was put out directly and second
     engine cut out over the channel. The gas tank was
     punctured and the ship ran out of fuel.
          Lt Bersinger Crew loaded for this mission.
                Mission Debriefing Narrative states
           Pilot and Co-Pilot incapacitated by wounds
     from Enemy Fighters. The TT/E - T/Sgt. Cliff
     Erikson took over the Controls and with Pilot
     giving the directions, they flew her back and
     Crash Landed at Little Staughton Air Field..
            She was thought to be damaged beyond repair
     but was made airworthy & reassigned to the 303rd BG
     where she fared no better having been forced to
     crash two more times due to extreme battle damage.
     The last (pictured above) on 01 Feb. 1944.
            Lt. J.R. Morrin, flew her on its final mission
     this date, crash landing at Bozeat (near Paddington)
     and ending up across a road. Two engines were
     out and the other two were going out. It was DBR
    (damaged beyond repair), but none of the crew were
     injured on this mission.
               For more on the Bersinger go to:

      Looking For Section
  We need photos and or info on the following Aircraft

            42-29878 "Lady Godiva"
                     526th BG
             Fuselage Code LF-G

                     42-97825   "Phyllis"
                  526th BS then to the 527th BS
                  Fuselage Code LF-U then FO-L
                Assigned to the 379th BG on 28 June 44
               then transferred to the 527th BS when
               the 526th became a PFF Unit in March 1945.
               It's fuselage code became FO-L. Returned to the U.S.
        29 June 1945 & sold as scrap 2 Dec 1945 Kingman, Az

43-38256     "Our Baby"
                              524th BS
                     Fuselage Code WA C
                               08 /09/ 44
                              Hit by AA
             Crashed near Ludwigshafen, Germany
                            MACR 8846  
                     2Lt Barton L. Jones Crew
                                 9 POW's

            43-37950 "Gravel Gertie"
                             527th BS
                Fuselage Code FO-G
                Returned to the United States
               Stored at Kingman, Az until
               sold or scrap 23 November 1945

               42-39968 "Petrol Packin' Mama"
                                   525th BS
                     Fuselage Code FR-A
                     Return to the United States
                     and sold at Albuquerque, NM
                           07 February 1946

42-3269 " Piccadilly Willy "
                          527th BS FO-U
                        526th  BS  LF-B/U

                     Shot down by fighter
              3 mi South of Schweinfurt
, Germany
                  Oct 14, 1943. 2 KIA, 8 POW
                            MACR 958


44-8435  "Picadilly Lilly"      
525th BS


     42-3145  "The Gremlin"
527th BS
Ran out of fuel and was
in English Channel
Sept. 6, 1943
Crew was rescued.


                    43-38237  "Dallas Doll"

                                527th BS
                      Fuselage Code FO-J
            Mid air collision with A/C # 43-38955
            on 10 January 1945 Lt Raymond E. Davis
            Crew on board,
                           MACR 11762
                          7 KIA  2 POW

                           "Gator Bait"

            42-102628   " G. I. Jane"
                 526th LF-P
Went MIA
18 June '44
                  Lt Stephen J. King Crew
4 KIA  -  5 POW

     42-3167    *Ye Olde Pub*
527th BS
Fuselage Code:FO-S/B
Badly damaged by AAA &
fighters on raid to Bremen
Dec 20, 1943
Crew turned for home when
discovered by Lt Franz Stigler
of JG 27/6. He did not shoot
Them down as ordered. He escorted
the plane to the North Sea &
then saluted and flew away.
The plane landed safely in UK,
but too badly damaged to fly
1 KIA, 4 injured

526th BS
Fuselage Code: LF-B/A
lost Jun 11, 1943
Lt William F. Brinkman Crew
8 KIA & 2POW's
MACR 1369


525th BS
Fuselage Code: FR-P
lost May 29, 1943
MACR 1292

(Pilot) 1st Lt. Arthur P. Hale. (POW)
(CP) Lt. Stuart M. Sharp. (POW).
(N) Lt. Bernard Andruskiewicz. (POW).

(BDR) Lt. Jerry B. Ahern. (POW).
(WO) Sgt. Joseph E. Lansiter. (POW).
(TTG) Sgt. Charles N. Ford. (POW).
(BTG) Sgt. Chester A. Whitney. (POW).
(RWG) S/Sgt. Chester T. Moore. (POW).
(LWG) Sgt. Lee S. Hilton. (POW).
(TG) S/Sgt. Lawrence E.

In 1943 money was raised in Bermondsey to buy no fewer then Twenty Flying Fortresses. The target was to see if they could raise £800,000 for the war effort the actual amount raised was £845,113. The first four were delivered in June of 1943. Cllr Albert Starr, Mayor of Bermondsey, gave the name Rotherhithe's Revenge to one of the Flying Fortresses. The other three were named Bermondsey Battler, London Avenger and Bermondsey Special, The four were known at that time as the Bermondsey War Loan fleet of American bombers. In June 1943 these aircraft were based at Ridgewell in Essex. The London Avenger ended up in the 524th BS of the 379th.



" Sons Of Satan" * 42-29829 *
B-17F 527th BS
Fuselage Codes FO-F/P
              Ground Crew Chief: M/Sgt Krismer 
Mechanic: Sgt Stringer

Pictured Above

Standing left-right
Capt.Doug Hoverkamp
Lt.Ernest Hoppe
Lt.Meyles A. Sheppard
T/Sgt Wendel J. Shepard
Lt.Frank Paisano
Kneeling left-right
S/Sgt Clement Budelman
S/Sgt Howard Lawson
T/Sgt Orvin Taylor
S/Sgt Benjamin St.John
Warren Prosperi
This Identification is by
  the family of  Lt. Meyles A. Sheppard    
                             Lost Feb 22, 1944 on
the Bemburg Mission
with the Haston Crew on board.
We were around three minutes after
bombs away when an enemy fighter
attacked us with 20mm cannon fire.
He ripped through the midsection &
ended up knocking out # 2 & # 3 engines
They were on fire when the order to
bailout came.
Hasten Crew
Foy  R  Clingman Lt Co-Pilot — KIA
Gordon  D  Fisher T/Sgt  RO/G - RTB

Robert  W  Haston Lt Pilot — POW
Harold  N  Sheaffer Lt Nav — KIA
Robert  Spisak T/Sgt—BTG - KIA
William  G  Nixon S/Sgt LWG - POW
B Adrianson S/Sgt TG - Repatriated
Conrad  J  Gemmecke S/Sgt RWG -POW
Kenneth  E  Raack TT/G & Eng — KIA Stanislaw Burblis S/Sgt Bom — KIA

*MACR 2870*
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                * 42-3176  *    "Lady Astrid"
                         527th BS  FO-E
                 Then to the 524th BS  WA-E
                            Shot down
                      by Obfw Grunert
of the ZG 76/4
                        in a Bf 110G-2
            at Dornheim, Bavaria, Germany
                          Oct 14, 1943
                They were the lead Aircaft.
       The call to bail out was given after being attacked by a fighter.
       I made my way down to check on crew & see if they all bailed.
       The interphone had gone out when suddenly an 88mm
        exploded in the waist area. I was wounded & believe so was
       the Bombardier. I saw that it appeared to be total destruction
       of our waist section and all there were either dead or unconscious.
       There was no way to reach them. I believe all were dead. The
       rest of us bailed just before the ship exploded- Co-Pilot.
                  Lt. Alden C.Johnson Crew
     Alden  C  Johnson  1st Lt  - Pilot  - KIA

     Vincent  E  Tapping  2nd Lt - Nav  - POW

     Benjamin  B  Brittain Sgt  - TT/Eng -  POW

     Ralph  K  Scripter  S/Sgt  - RWG -  KIA

     Eugene  T  Johnson  S/Sgt  - TG - KIA

     Antonio  A  Velasquez  S/Sgt  - RO =  KIA

     Warren  E  Holtsberg  2nd Lt  - Co-Pilot  - POW

     Louis  E  Dubois  2nd Lt  = Bom  - POW

     Raoul  A  Rousseau  S/Sgt  - BTG -  KIA

     James  R  Locke  S/Sgt  - LWG -  KIA

                          6 KIA, 4 POW
                            * MACR 954
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                     * 42-5821  *    "Cindy"
           Cindy was one of the original 41 Aircraft flown
                  overseas with the 379th BG                    
                   Assigned to the 527th BS
                       Fuselage Code FO-O
                      hit by Anti-Aircraft fire
                      at Gelsenkirchen, Germany
                    and then shot down by fighter
               at Leimersdorf, Germany Aug 12, 1943.
                       F/O Rees
Crew on Board
     Dominick  D  Fiorani S/Sgt – BTG -  KIA

     David  W  Rees  F/O -  Pilot - POW

     Clair  M  Dietrich 2nd Lt  - Co-Pilot - POW

     William  L  Busch  2nd Lt – Nav - POW

     Ernest  A  Galloway  2nd Lt – Bom - POW

     Joseph  L  Murphy  T/Sgt - RO/Gunner- KIA

     John  T  Brennan  T/Sgt – Eng/TT Gunner KIA

     Chester  H  Lundquist  S/Sgt – RWG -  KIA

     James  A  Williams S/Sgt – LWG - KIA

     Stanley  M  Govern  S/Sgt – TG - KIA

                    MACR 1360. 6 KIA, 4 POW
       For more info on crews go to:

                 * 42-29787  * - "Wilder Nell II"
                                        525th BS
                                Fuselage Code FR-E
                          Shot down by Oblt Erich Buchholz
of the JG 1/9
                                  in a Bf 109G-6
                   Crashed in North Sea off Petten, Netherlands
                                  Nov 29, 1943

     Account of the events According to S/Sgt Schooley

S/Sgt Schooley reported that they were all sitting

in the Radio Room area of the aircraft for the
ditching of “Wilder Nell II”. They hit and bounced

once or twice when suddenly the floor of the aircraft

burst apart flooding the ship very quickly. All of the

crew appeared to have survived the ditching. Four of

the crew managed to climb into a Life raft and the

rest were swimming toward it or clinging to sides

when a Me-109 strafed them. He was the only one

left alive as far as he knew. He was at that time unaware

of any of the others having been rescued or found

except Lt. Valsecchi. His captures showed him a

Document that said the Lt. had died and was buried

n Holland. I have found another account that states

that the German Soldiers on the docks nearby saw

what they thought was a weapon being drawn by one

of the Airmen in the raft so, they opened fire on them.

When the German fighter saw the gun fire he strafed

the raft to protect the soldiers ashore. The only reason

S/Sgt Schooley wasn’t killed was because he was already

Swimming toward the docks.

                             Lt. Lefevre crew
      John  R  Miller  2nd Lt - Co-Pilot  -KIA

      Charles  H  Lefevre  2nd Lt - Pilot  -KIA

      Jan  Spurgiasz  Sgt - Nav - KIA

      Alfred  Valsecchi  2nd Lt - Bom  -KIA

      Leonard  Dixon T/Sgt - RO/Gunner - KIA

      James  C  Mulligan T/Sgt – TTG - MIA

      Robert  W  Hunter S/Sgt – BTG -KIA

      Lion  A  Gorn  S/Sgt – RWG - KIA

      Wesley  W  Laird S/Sgt – LWG - KIA

      Edgar  E  Schooley Jr. S/Sgt – TG - POW

                         MACR 1332  9 KIA, 1 POW
       For more info on crews go to:

                  * 42-29876 *  "Battlin' Bobbie"
                                        525th BS
                            Fuselage Code FR- B or E
                     the records are too faded to make out
             Lt Elton Hoyt III Crew on Board
                    P) Lt. Elton Hoyt. (EVD)
                   (CP) Lt. Norman C. Schroeder. (EVD).
                   (N) 2Lt. Williams J. Cook Jr. (EVD).

                   (B) 2Lt. Louis P. Glickman. (EVD).

                   (R) S/Sgt. Herbert M. Dulberg. (EVD).

                   (E) T/Sgt. John F. Thomas. (POW).

                   (BTG) Sgt. H. Eldridge. (POW).

                   (RWG) T/Sgt. William J. Miller. (EVD).

                   (LWG) S/Sgt. Harry L. Minor. (EVD).

                   (TG) Sgt. Edward R. Shaffer. (EVD).

                                     Shot down by
                                    Lt Helmut Beitz
                                      of the JG 2/10
                              at Messac, Brittany, France
                         Sep 16, 1943 on the Nantes mission.
                             MACR 978. 2 KIA, 8 evaded

                Go to this Memorial Site for more Info

                          "Bzibziak Crew 
                            42-29897  "Censored"
                        a.k.a.   "Forequetoo"
                               524th BS
Fuselage Code WA-A" 

   Lt Walter Bzibiak - Pilot
   Lt Frederick J. Bohan - Bombardier
   Lt William F. Barrrett - Co-Pilot
   Lt Charles E. Hebert Jr. - Navigator
   S/Sgt Dominic Mancini - Tail Gunner
   S/Sgt Wilson L. Harris - RO/Gunner
   S/Sgt James P. Codd - Left Waist Gunner
   T/Sgt Lewis L. Ainsworth - TT/Eng
   T/Sgt Emmet P. Morgan - Ball Turret
    Sgt Russel E. Hall - Right Waist Gunner
                      Bomber Jacket of
        S/Sgt Dominic Mancini - Tail Gunner 

                           "Unknown Crew Pictured"
                     Believed to be the Koeppen Crew
                    42-5809  " Mary Jane"
       527th BS
                      Fuselage Code: LF-D
                          She was one of the original 41
                          Aircraft that flew overseas
                           with the 379th BG.
                Se landed away from base due to
                    Battle Damage from mission
                  at RAF Base in Coltishall, England
                         June  15 1943
                             Turned over and Salvaged
                                      June 17 1943

                          Lt Howard O. Koeppen Crew
                    42-30158     "Mary Jane II"
                                525th BS
                        Fuselage Code: FR-A
                    Shot down by Lt Heinert
                           of the JG 11/3
                            in a Fw 190A  
                      at Worms, Germany
                          Aug 17, 1943
                 during the Schweinfurt raid
                   Howard O. Koeppen Crew

          Howard  O  Koeppen  1st Lt  - Pilot - KIA

          Floyd  K  Borrowman  T/Sgt  - RO/Gunner - POW

          Eugene  J  Shadick   S/Sgt  - LWG  - Repatriated

          Robert  J  Watkins   S/Sgt   - BTG - POW

          Richard  A  Feese   S/Sgt  - TG  - POW

          John Hurlo   T/Sg  - TTG  - POW

          Edward  A  Dennstedt   2nd Lt  - Nav -  POW

          Harold  N  Thompson   2nd Lt  - Co-Pilot  - POW

          Robert  E  Thomas   2nd Lt  - Bom  - POW

          Jack Posemsky   Sgt RWG  - KIA

                  MACR 1764. 2 KIA, 8 POW
       For more info on crews go to:

                           "Unknown Crew Pictured"
                    42-31028        "Mr. Mojo"
                       a.k.a. "Twentith Century"
                                     524th BS
                                 Fuselage Code WA-C
                                    Lost Feb. 22 1944
Capt Simons crew on board
                                       MACR 2872
                        For more info on crews go to:

                         "Unknown Crew Pictured
                        42-31663   "Tag-a-long"
                                   526th BS
                              Fuselage Code LF-G
                               Lost Nov 8, 1944
          We were at about 27,000 feet when we were hit by AA fire..
           We were at 17,000 feet near Arcen, Holland when the bail
          out call was given by the Pilot. All of us bailed except Lt Duffy.
          We were told he died when the plane crashed but our BTG says
          He saw him walk out and immediately captured by the
          Germans. I only saw the plane hit the ground & find it hard
          to think anyone survived.- Bombardier-Joseph  W  Flisnick
                          Duffy crew on board
Douglas  L  Griffin S/Sgt         TG           POW
         Joseph  W  Flisnick  2nd Lt     Bom        POW

          Charles  R  Herbison S/sgt     RO          POW

          Richard  E  Lehmann T/Sgt      TTG        POW

          Gerald  J  Duffy      2nd Lt       Pt             KIA

          Kenneth  E  Foster  2nd Lt       CP)          POW

         James  T  Cheney   2nd Lt        Nav         RTB

         William  V  Machulsky  S/Sgt     BTG        RTB

         James  D  Kennedy Jr. S/Sgt     WG         MIA


                                  *MACR 10354*
                        For more info on crews go to:

                    42-37784   " The Old Fox"
                                     525th BS
                          Fuselage Code FR-P
                            Lost on 24 may 44
                         Mission to Berlin, with Gease Crew
                                 (Pictured above)
                After being attacked by enemy fighters there
                     was amid-air collision with 42-38082.
                         8 killed 1 POW (pilot 2 Lt Gease) 
                                   MACR 5322
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                           42-39828 "Penny Ante"
             Pictured above with Ground Crew
                    and the Lt Streit Crew

      Leo A.Chruby (Radio),
      Hershal F. Streit (Pilot)
Jesse  RPitts (Co-Pilot)
Robert  J . Marcott (Bombardier)
Lawrence  Kundin (Navigator)
Raymond  W.  Finicle (Engineer)
James  E.  Williams (RWG)
John  E.  Snell (Left Waist Gunner).
Mike  R. Boyovitch (Tail Gunner)
      Sgt. Lopez  (mechanic & Nose Artist)
Stanley  R . Owens (Ball Turret Gunner)
Photo taken on March 5, 1944

                                    524th BS
                            Fuselage Code WA-B
                       Nose Art by Sgt lopez
                         Second from right kneeling
                         lost on mission to Berlin
                                    24 may 44
                  The ship was hit by Flak & briefly control
              was lost. The aircraft was brought back under
              control & crew prepared to bailout. We were
              now under fighter attack & then we collided
             with another bomber in our formation.
         Kunda Crew  on Board
          Theodore  E C  Kunda 2nd Lt  - Pilot  - POW

              Robert  B  Burton  2nd Lt  - Co-Pilot  - POW
              Marvin  H  Swift  2nd Lt  - Nav -  RTB

              Howard  B  Evans  2nd Lt  - Bom -  RTB

                     (Back Row 4th from the Left)
               Leonard  W  Flatt  S/Sgt  - RO/Gunner  - KIA

               Roy  T  Pook  S/Sgt  - Eng/TT Gunner  - RTB

               Anthony  (NMI)  Tomaselli  Sgt  - BTG  - MIA

                George  F  Taylor  Sgt  - WG  - KIA

                Russel  G  Vinson  Sgt  - TG  - KIA
                      3  KIA - 2  POW - 2 RTB - 1 MIA

                                   MACR 5320
                        For more info on crews go to:

                           42-102947 "Hellcat Agnes"
                    Ground Crew Chief: Sgt Farr
                                Assigned to:
                       First the 526th BS then to the 524th BS
               Fuselage Code(s) LF-R   & WA-E
                   Lt. Frank Biorn Crew pictured above 
                                    Back Row
                             Hubert Couch - Radio Operator
                             Unknown      -  Waist Gunner
                             Robert Phillips - Tail Gunner
                             William Brown - Ball Turret Gunner
                                   (William was soaked in fuel on 10th mission)
                              Walter Volak - Top Turret/Engineer 
                                                   Front Row 
                              Frank Biorn -Pilot
                              Robert Perry - Co-Pilot
                              Joe T. Clark - Navigator  KIA
                              Unknown - Togglier

                           42-102947 "Hellcat Agnes"   

Pictured above & below is the       

Capt. Maurice E. Perkins Crew      

Capt. Maurice E. Perkins          Pilot (Top Left)

Lt. James F. Brede                     Co-Pilot

Lt. James A. Filice                     Nav.

Lt. John J. Newton                    Bom

S/Sgt Chester O. Trammell      Eng/TTG

S/Sgt James R. Dow                  Radio/Gunner

Sgt James M. Fosnaugh            BTG

Sgt Francisco M. Morales       Waist Gunner

Sgt Floyd A. Beam                    Tail Gunner

with S/Sgt. Eugene L. Farr
Ground Crew Cheif
front row w/cigarette
Ground Crew


                                 Capt. Maurice E. Perkins Crew
                                  Capt. Perkins is (Bottom Left)
                               42-102947 "Hellcat Agnes"
                                  Sent to RFC at Kingman, AZ
                                           Nov 26, 1945

            Side story on Crewman Jim Fosnaugh standing
        3rd from the left in bottom photo & 3rd from the 
        left in the middle row  in top photo. 
        S/Sgt Fosnaugh was the Ball Turret Gunner &
        he became the photographer, recording many missions
         for the unit. Many of his photos have been used in 
        several publications. possibly the most recognized is 
          the "Bombs From Above" photo as seen below:

                          For more info on the crew


                                     Unknown Crew Pictured
                        44-6143   "Miss Behavin"
               First assigned to 527th BS then to 525BS
                   Fuselage Code(s)  FO-A then FR-A
                           Lost Oct 6, 1944
                      Ditched in occupied territory
                     Emmet B. Dougherty Crew on board
                                  9 POW
                              MACR 9362

                        For more info on crews go to:


                   42-97469   "Busy Baby"
                                    527th BS
                            Fuselage Codes  FO-L/I
                First assigned to the 457th BG 26 January 1944.
                Then to the 379th BG on 18 March 1944.
                Declared War Weary 01 November 1944.
                Sold as scrap at Kingman, Az. 03 December 1945
                      Pictured above is the Cornell Crew
                       and the Busy Baby's Ground Crew            
                  James M Mellberg      2nd Lt        Bom
                  Raymond F Carre        2nd Lt       CP
                  Mario L Cornell           1st  Lt        Pilot
                  Virgil J Gerth               1st L t        Nav
                  Martin B Cave              T/Sgt       RO
              David G Willey        T/Sgt    TTG
              Charles J Baldwin        S/Sgt      BTG
                  James W Bittenback    S/Sgt     RWG
                  John (NMI) Corey        S/Sgt     LWG
                  Joseph W Carl               S/Sgt     TG
            Thanks to the family of T/Sgt David Willey for
             the identification of  the crew in this photo. T/sgt
             David Willey is kneeling & located in the center

                                          Unknown Crew Pictured
             All I have been able to discover 
             on Ginny was that this photo was
                     taken 28 April 1945.

                        42-38058  "The Wish Bone"
      Ground Crew Chief: M/Sgt Miller
           Added to the Military Inventory on 01 December 1943
           Arrived overseas on: 20 January 1944               
         First assigned to the 457th BG until transferred to the 379th BG
         on 18 March 1944 where she was assigned to the 526th BS with
         the Fuselage Code of LF-C later she was again transferred to the
         527th BS of the 379th BG with the Fuselage Code  FO-E
                    This aircraft was retired after the war and then
                      used as a trainer until in November 1945
                    when it was sold as scrap at Kingman, Az..

         Pictured above is the Hedges Crew                   
                          Top Row- Left to Right
Clay  W  Hedges - Pilot
                     Chester  W  Paulson - Co- Pilot
                     Walter Mueller   - Nav
                     Thomas  A  Carruth - Bom
                      Owen  M  Davis  - RO/G
                      Bottom Row- Left to Right
                      Jack  Edwards  - TT/G
                      Laurence  J  Jastinski  - WG
                      Richard  E  Cleary  - BTG
                      Robert  C  Soulies  - WG
                     Mayford (Mike)  B  Barry - TG
                              For more info on crews go to:

           42-107213   "The Rubble Rouser"
                              524th BS
                      Fuselage Codes WA-H/F
                       Crashed on take off
                          en-route to Neuss
                                23 Jan 45"

                           Pictured above is:

                       The Roderick Crew

                         Fred W Heath    2nd Lt       Nav

                         Walter Gritski     Pvt         WG

                          Lester R Hanes    2nd Lt          Bom

                          Walter H Roderick    1st Lt        Pilot

                           Richard H Vandenburg    2nd Lt      Co-Pilot

                           James E Anderson    S/Sgt      Radio Oper/Gunner

                            Edwin P Schmidt    Cpl       BTG (Center kneeling)

                            George W Bold      Sgt       Tail Gunner

                           Harold S Paff      S/Sgt         Eng/TT Gunner

42-97967   "Hun Runner"

Damaged over Frieburg, Germany
Crew bailed
and the aircraft
 force landed itself on continent
Jan 15, 1945
Mar 6, 1945

                                 "Hank Jr"

                 42-32093    "Big Barn Smell"
              First assigned to the 527th BS
                       Fuselage Code FO-K
               Then reassigned to the 524th BS 
                       Fuselage Code  WA-N
                 Pictured above is the Ross Crew
         Lt  Ralph R. Ross - Pilot
         Lt Francis W. Drake - Co-Pilot
         Lt Rinaldo N. Procario - Navigator
         Lt Ernst W. Black - Bombardier (Second from right kneeling)
       S/Sgt Wayne B. Anthony - RO/Gunner
       S/Sgt Robert J. Worbois - TT/Eng
       Sgt Robert D. Pressler - Ball Turret Gunner
       Sgt Thomas J. Duffy - LW Gunner (Second from right standing)
       Sgt Thomas P. Guilfoyle - RW Gunner
        Sgt Eugene D. Prehn - Tail Gunner  
                    This Aircraft Failed to return
                            09/ 08 /44 
                      Last seen being hit by
                   AA fire over Walheim, Germany -
                       Lt Willis W. Jones Crew
                           was on board
                    Willis  W  Jones  1st Lt Pilot MIA
                    William  P  Dry  2nd Lt Co-Pilot POW
                    William  E  Black  T/SGt RO/Gunner POW
                    John  C  Phillips  T/SGt Eng/TTG POW
                    Alvin  W  Brady  S/Sgt BTG POW
                    Charles  W  Parrish  S/Sgt WG MIA
                    Bernard  M  Schupp Jr. S/Sgt TG RTB
                   William  R  Mcginnis  S/Sgt NG/Togglier MIA
                    Paul  R  Repas  2nd Lt Bom MIA
                                        MACR 7392 
                       3 KIA, 5 POW 1 RTB
                            MACR 7392

              For more info on crews loading


                       42-97229    " Hi-Ho Silver "
                                  524th BS
                          Fuselage Code WA- Q
               #2 prop wind milled into the nose

               42-5407 "Fightin' Pappy"
                              B-17 F- 50 - Bo                                  
                                 526th BS

                   Shot down on October 9th 1943
                   by Hptm Erich Woitke
                   in a Fw 190A-6 of JG 11/2

                 Lt Vernon P. Smith Crew
                            on Board          
       Robert  L  Greenhalgh Lt     Co-P        POW
       Calvin  E  Ford Lt                  Nav         POW

       George  A  Dickerson Lt       Bom        POW

       John  R  Bryant     T/Sgt       ROr/G     KIA

       Joseph     Lemischak T/Sgt  TTG        POW

       Walter  D  Johnson  S/Sgt    BTG        POW

       Howard  D  Hinman S/Sgt     RWG       POW

       David  C  Sharman  S/Sgt     LWG       POW

       Quentin  E  Freed  S/Sgt       TG           POW

       Vernon  R  Smith   Lt             Pilot        POW
         Excerpt from the pilot's account of this mission
         We had just turned for home & was nearing the coast
          when we were attacked by enemy fighters. They ripped
          through our mid-section. We were at 11,000 feet and
          losing power. All of our crew decided to stay with the aircraft
          After I informed them that we were going down. At that moment
          another wave of fighters hit us wounding Sgt Bryant in the chest.
          He got up and stayed at his gun firing at the attacking fighters.
          When I gave the order to prepare for the crash landing the Crew
           gathered around Sgt Bryant in the Radio Room & braced for the
          impact. I was later told that Sgt Bryant died just before we landed.
          I put him in for a Silver Star but don't think he was ever awarded it.
                This aircraft started it's brief career
                  with the 306th BG for seven months
                  & then was transferred  to the 91st BG
                  for just one one mission 27 September 1943.
                  Her last home
was the 379th BG.
                  She fared no better there
                  lasting just twelve days.
                  Damaged on a
mission over Kiel, Germany
                  she crashed just north of the city &
                   was scrapped by the Germans.
                  There is doubt about who did the
                  nose art. Many say that the Nose Art
                  has all of the characteristics of
Tony Starcer of the 91st BG. I now
                   have evidence that backs that theory.

                       Here is a link to get more details

                   42-29886  "Scheherazade"
                                      525th BS
                             Fuselage Code- FR-H
                            Lost over Blankenhiem
                          Went MIA 29 January 1944
                                    MACR - 2871
                                  5 KIA & 5 POW
                             Harry P. Mosses Crew

     William  C  Lordan  1st Lt -Navigator POW

     Harry  P  Moses  1st Lt- Pilot POW

     Nicholas  C  Pallota TSgt Radio Operator KIA

     Joseph  A  Nicosia  SSgt Ball Turret Gunner KIA

     William  R  Gower  SSgt Lt Waist Gunner KIA

     Michael  J  Patti TSgt Tail Gunner KIA

     Edgar  A  Montgomery   SSgt Rt Waist Gunner KIA

     Sam  A  Giorgianni  F/O Co-Pilot MIA

     Delmar  F  Bonham  1st Lt Bombardier POW

     Joshua  E  Rowton TSgt Top Turret POW
                     For more info on crews loading

                      42-3524 "Vonnie Gal"
      Ground Crew Chief: S/Sgt James E. Hess
                                   527th BS
                         Fuselage Code FO-G   
           Mission Number:175 for the 379th
                   flown on 7/28/1944

          Target City:Merseburg Germany
               Target:Synthetic Oil Plant
                         July 20, 1944

            William A Shuford 2nd Lt - Co-Pilot
Clifton R Young S/Sgt - BTG
                Lewis Risk  2nd Lt - Nav
                Frank Wellman  S/Sgt - Togglier/Gunner
                Robert R  Shue  T/Sgt - Eng/TT G
                William H  Dittamore  T/Sgt - RO/G
                Edward A  Zolnierzak  S/Sgt - WG
                Robert E  Holden  S/Sgt -TG
               William F  Moore  2nd Lt - Pilot
              Aircraft Hit by Anti- Aircraft fire &
                   Made emergency landing at
                  Payerne, Switzerland. The aircraft
                  was interned
there until returned to UK 
end of war and scrapped

                               Sept 25, 1945

                                MACR 7838
               For more info on crews loading

                          On kids Day at Kimbolton
                     First Aircraft  (Click to enlarge

  42-5736  "Tampa Tornado"
524th BS
                            Fuselage Code  WA-P     
                05 11 42 AI 07 05 43 AOS 28 08 43 G 303BG
                 09 10 43 BAD1 12 10 43 AFSC
                06 11 43 ZOI 18 05 45 Ontario, California

                                         526th BS
                                   Fuselage Code LF/H
                      Pictured here with the Moates Crew
                     This aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision
                      with 44-8813 over Braintree, England. She
                      was on a Non-Ops sight seeing mission.
                      this occurred on 10 May 1945 11 Airmen
                      died and the remains of the aircraft was salvaged.
               Lt John B. Moates was a reserve
               Pilot. He flew with many airmen.
               Reserve Crews were fill-in type.
               They would fill-in for sick & injured
               Airmen or when ever there was an all
               up mission. There are too many
               Airmen that flew to name here.
               If you need to research or find some
              of the Airmen Lt Moates flew with
                                        go to:
               There is a video showing the tail of this aircraft
           on a bomb run. It is about 17:28 minutes into the film.
                                      Go to:
                         Lt Vernon P. Carlson Crew Pictured   
                   43-38466 - "Round Twip Wabbit"
              Assigned to the 524th BS
                Fuselage Code WA-D
       Added to the Military Inventory on 09 Aug. '44
        She was assigned to the 379th BG on
                       25 Sept. 1944
        She was transferred to the 447th BG
                        in December 1944
        From there we have tracked her to kingman, Az
       Where she was sold as scrap on17 December 1945
Here is a photo of her at Kingman, Az
            Note the tail markings of the the 447th BG but
           If you blow the image up you can see the Tri"K"
           of the 379th BG on the right wing.
                This is a little confusing because earlier in the
           379th BG AC # 23-39061 was also known by a
         similar Nose Art Name of "Round Trip Wabbit".
         Noticed that the spelling of Trip and Twip are
         different and 061 was assigned the 525th BS then
         transferred to the 527th BS. While this Crew and
          Aircraft # 43-38466 was with the 524th BS only.

                       42-29893 "El Diablo"
      Ground Crew Chief: Kenneth F. Walcott 
                        524th BS
Shot down by
Fw Josef Lorey
of JG 2/1
in Fw 190A on
  Sept 16, 1943 at
Erce-en-Lamee, France.
MACR 1346
Lt Floyd H. Jamerson Crew

2 KIA, 6 POW, 2 evaded.
John  (NMI)  Semach  S/SGT  Tail Gunner  EVA/ RTB
Charles T Gray S/SGT  Ball Turret Gunner POW

Floyd H Jamerson  2Lt Pilot  KIA
Joseph F Burkowski  2Lt Navigator  POW

John N Beilstein  2LT Bombardier EVA/RTB

Howard E Moody  S/Sgt Waist Gunner POW
John F Paznar  T/Sgt Radio Operator  KIA

Earl  H  Guyette  2Lt Co-Pilot  POW
James P Reid  S/Sgt Left Waist Gunner POW 
Alvin M Rabun  Sgt  Top Turret Gunner  POW

                     44-8425  "Connie"

                                    527th BS
                          Fuselage Codes FO-T/P
                 Connie pictured here at the bottom
                  of a 379th formation on the way to
                 their target & her Crew.

43-38272 "The Thumper"

525th BS
 Fuselage Code FR-D
Mid air collision due to
Battle Damage with A/C # 43-38178

Clair W. Evans Crew on board
James  M . Blain Crew on Board
"Seattle Sue"
This incident occured on the last mission
of the 379th BG.
Mission Number: 330 for the 379th flown on 4/25/1945
Target City: Pilsen , Czechoslovoakia
Target: Armament Works
MACR Report number
is unknown but can be
found by Serial #

        For more info on crews loading

                       42-97462  "Judy II"
                     Assigned to the 527th BS
                      Fuselage Code -FO-C then FO-O

       First Crew of the Judy II
     This is not the crew that boarded Judy II when
she had to force land on 08 September 1944. That Crew
is still unknown at this time.

Charles  E  Walker   2nd Lt   Pilot                  

Ralph  J  Riggio       2nd Lt    Co-Pilot            
John  E  Price         2nd Lt   Navigator           

Roy  E  Stanley       S/Sgt   Eng/TTG              

Will  M  Harden     Sgt   WG            

George  (NMI)  Lalich   Sgt    TG   

Boris  (NMI)  Revenko   S/Sgt   BTG               

Robert  J  Cagnon   S/Sgt   Gunner/Togglier               

John  W  Eckenrode   S/Sgt   RO/Gunnner

George  A  Mcclellen - 2nd Lt    Bom

             Crashed Landed after mission to France
                Sept 1944 LOC (Left on Continent)
                 Salvage14 November 1944

                                    Unknown Crew

                  42-29905   " Suffern Sal"
                              a.k.a. "4-Q-2"
                    526th BS Fuselage Code: LF-Z
                    525th BS Fuselage Code: FR-Z
                    At the time of this Photo she had
                    No known Nose Art. Later the Crew
                    called her 4-Q-2 but when she was
                    transferred to the 525th BS an Order
                    was issued by Command to clean-up
                     the Nose Art so she became:
                                  "Suffern Sal"
                     Return to the States July 4 1944
                     Sold as Scrap Sept. 14 1945
                                 Altus, OK

       Looking For Section
  We need photos and or info on the following Aircraft

                   42-37859    "Fightin Cock"
524 BS
                        Fuselage Code: WA-S

                       Hit by AA &  Failed to Return
                               July 07 44
                       Ditched in the channel 
                      2Lt Willis W. Jones Crew
                          9 Returned to Duty  

                     42-5830   "Al Jo Son"
                a.k.a.     " Hag of Hardywck"
524th BS
                     Fuselage Codes WA-P/T 
  12/06/43 AF Thurleigh 14/06/43 2SAD RG 18/07/43
        18 August 43 RAF Olham RG ?
      11 0January 44 AF Shipdam RG 13 January 44
       04 April 44 BAD2 07 May 45 Ontario, California

                42-3143         "Werewolf"
527 FO then to the 524 WA
                        Lack of fuel caused a  
                       Forced Landing
                      May 10 1943 en-route to UK

        42-9653  "Bad News"
525th BS
Shot down by fighter at
Schrozberg, Germany
Oct 14, 1943.
4 KIA, 6 POW
MACR 956



        42-3132 379th BG
lost between Gander and UK
Apr 23, 1943
MACR 3726

                         524th BS WA- C
                       Then to 526th BS
                   Fuselage Code: LF - C
           Went MIA 08 December 1943
                   Kurt W. Freund Crew
                         MACR - 2340
                    3 KIA  & 7 POW's

        42-39783   "Blues In The Night"
                            526th BS

                                  Fuselage Code  LF-B
                    Went MIA 19 May 1944
                 Merlyn E. Wilson Crew on board
                          MACR 4929
                        1 KIA & 8  POW





John T Strouse




Merlyn P Wilson




Dean W Reid




Frederick A High




Henry P Mcgreevy




Clayton W Bates




Arthur H Stanton




Albert W Vandyke




Wayne M Davis





525th BS
lost Jun 11, 1943
MACR 1295

43-38275 "Take Me Home"
527th BS
Fuselage Code FO-F
Aircraft went Missing 30 November 1944
William J.Sullivan Crew o board
MACR 11059

44-6004 "Ronny Boy"
527th BS
Fuselage Code FO-D
Went MIA 24 August 1944
Donald B. Bruns Crew on board

MACR 8284

44- 6119 "White Lightening"
526th BS
Fuselage Code LF-A

Went MIA 09 February 1945
Herbert R. Pearlman Crew on board
MACR 12337

42-97933 "Gilded Orion"
526th BS
Fuselage Code LF-X
Ditched in the English Channel
Robert E. Mullen Crew on board
All nine Airmen rescued 8 RTD
19 September 1944

                    "Swamp Fire* 42-32024 * 
                                                 524th BS

Fuselage Code:   WA-L
                        Lt Joseph Korstjen's Crew pictured
                                        along with (Kneeling)
                Ground Crew Chief - Dominick DeSalvo
                                      His Ground Crew
                         &  Lt. Scragg "The Wonder Dog
                                Swamp Fire was the first
     heavy bomber to reach 100 missions without an abort.
Along with 18 other Aircraft  & Crews of the 379th BG
                           Swamp Fire & the Korstjen Crew
                             was selected to drop Americas
                          First flying bomb on 28 May 1944
                              target Cologne, Germany

                         After completing 117 missions
                      she was declared War  Weary on
                                 12 December 1944.  
                                     Sold as salvage
                                29 December 1945 at
                                       Kingman, Az
                                       The Mills Crew
                            This crew was the second assigned crew 
             Swamp Fire & was on board for her 100th mission.
                          For all the other crews and missions 

              Swamp Fire Tribute Website  

  Swamp Fire reunion in Seattle 12 March 2011  

                              "F/O James N. Sexton Crew"
                                 * 42-29869 * "DamnDifino"
                                                  525th BS
Fuselage Code FR-J
                               She was another of the Original
                               "41" . Came off the assembly line
                                on 27 Feb.'43 & added to the Military
                                Inventory on 21 April '43. She
                               Arrived Overseas on 24 April '43.
                               She saw a lot action with many
                               different crews. 

                               Survived the war & was sent to
                              Walnut Ridge Arkansas 07 Dec. 1945
                                  At the time of the photo below
                                The Crew would have been the
                                    Moses Crew

                                 Another shot of 42-29869
                               Airmen of the Moses Crew                                            Delmar  F  Williams – Lt - Nav
                             Raymond  E  Taylor Jr.  - TSgt - TTG
                             Harry  P  Moses – Lt - Pilot
                            William  S  Davidson - IP Pilot
                             Earl  R  Parsons  - Lt - Co-Pilot
                             Bertram  L  Fink – Lt - Bomb
                             Nicholas  C  Pallota – T/Sgt – RO/G
                             Joseph  A  Nicosi – S/Sgt - BTG
                            W  A  Montgomery – S/Sgt - LWG
                             William  R  Gower – S/Sgt - RWG
                              Michael  J  Patti – S/Sgt - TG         

                                     Pictured below is the Lt Mohr Crew
                * 42-5917  *  "The Bouncing Bitch"
                                 This ship came to the 379th BG in
                        June 1943 & was originally assigned to
                        the 524th BS Fuselage Code WA-Y. After
                        a few missions she was transferred to the
                        to the 526th BS & given two codes LF-Y
                        then LF-L. She had only nine missions..
                           Pilot: We were flying at 28,000  and were
                       hit by AA fire. The order to bail out was
                       given but only six of the crew were able
                       to do so. I believe the rest of the crew were
                       killed before or during the way down; all
                       controls & communications were out. The
                       ship crashed near Ratzburg, Germany.
                                            The Mohr Crew  
                         Phillip  A  Mohr  Lt   Pt – POW
                         Hugh  B  Brooks  Lt  CP – POW

                         Albert  E  Batich  Lt  Nav – POW

                         Benjaman  M  Elms  Lt  Bom – POW

                        John  R  Heslin  T/Sgt  RO – KIA

                        Josh  W  Tipps  T/Sgt  TTG – KIA

                        Reginald  M  Layfield  S/Sgt  BTG – KIA

                        Eugene  O  Lescarbeau  S/Sgt  RWG – POW

                        Earl  E  Calleway  S/Sgt  LWG  - POW

                        Ralph  H  Leyh  S/Sgt  TG - KIA

                                 *   42- 3175   *      "The Ha"
524th BS
                                        Fuselage Code WA-T
                                     Shot down during attack on
                                   Hamburg, Germany Jul 25, 1943.
                                 The ship was under an intense
                                 enemy fighter attack. Part of our 
                                    tail section was shot away when
                                 we  bailed out. This was just before
                                              the ship exploded.

Hildebrandt Crew on board
                                    MACR 1766.
                                       10 POW 's
                     For more info on crews loading

                 * 42-29963  *  "Judy "
                                     527th BS
                           Fuselage Code FO-I
                          Transferred to the RFC 1945
                            (Unknown Crew Pictured) 

     Went MIA  on Mission Number: 53 for the 379th
                          Flown on 12/30/1943   
             Target City: Ludwigshafen , Germany
                          Target: Chemical Works
                           Lt Camp Crew on Board
            Apparently shot down by Enemy Aircraft
     Last seen four miles east of St. Hillaire. No chutes reported.

          Glenn  E  Camp Jr   2nd Lt       Pilot          POW

          Joseph  F  Fitzgerald  F/O        CP             MIA
          Jarvis  W  Cooper    2nd Lt       Nav          POW
          Edward  J  Donaldson  2nd Lt   Bom         RTB
          Milton  J  Mills, Jr   S/Sgt       RO/Gunner  RTB
          Richard  R  Gierach  S/Sgt     TT Gunner   KIA
          Marcus  G  Pierce   Sgt              BTG           KIA
          Douglas  J  Farr       Sgt             RWG          RTB
          Neelan  B  Parker     Sgt             LWG          RTB
           Robert  E  Cross      S/Sgt         TG              KIA
                                       MACR 1977
                             For more info on crews go to:

                                  * 42-5829 * "Flying Jenny"
                  Another of the Original 41Aircraft sent
                  overseas with the Bomb Group.
            Assigned first to 525th BS Fuselage Codes FR-P,
          then transferred to 527th BS Fuselage Codes FO-D
                    Shot down by UFFZ Gerd Wiegand
                                    of the JG26/8
                                   in a Fw 190A-4
                           at Herbesthal, Belgium
                                 July 30, 1943
                             Hoveland crew
                   Thiel Wamsley - S/Sgt – TG - POW
                Andrew J Oman - S/Sgt - LWG - POW
                 Carl L Denny - T/Sgt – TT/Eng - KIA
               Stanley A Kusy - Lt - Co-Pilot – KIA
                Stanley Williams - T/Sgt - RO/Gunner - POW
                Stanley F Manista - S/Sgt – BTG - POW
                Joseph W Blanton - S/Sgt – RWG - POW
                William E Johnston -Lt - Nav - KIA
                 Lawrence B Hoveland - Lt Pilot - KIA
                 David S Williams - Lt – Bom - POW
                   MACR 1361. 4 KIA, 6 POW
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                      42-29830    "Peter Wabbit"
525th BS FR-A then 524th BS WA-T
                         lost on Schweinfurt mission
                                         17 aug 43
                        with Wagner Crew on board.
                        Shot down by Lt. .Heinrich Rudolph
                        of JG 11/I. Stab at Daxweiler 
                        in a FW-190A.
                        The ship crashed into the woods
                        Kohlenberg District near the township
                       of Dörrebach, 13 km W. of Bingen.
                        According to a letter addressed to the
                        police in Bad Kreuznach dated 08/19/43,
                        five bodies were found inside the wreck,
                         two others nearby.
                         Lt. Erwalt F. Wagner Crew
          William  C  Barnard  1st Lt - Co-Pilot -KIA

          Joseph  J  Hilderbrand  1st Lt - Nav - KIA

          Kenneth  F  Gibbs  2nd Lt – Bom - KIA

          Benjamin  Radensky  T/Sgt - RO/Gunner - KIA

          Dean  J  Yates  S/Sgt – TG - KIA

          Francis  J  Donahue  S/Sgt – BTG -KIA

          Eldred  J  Andruss  S/Sgt – RWG - KIA

          Erwalt  D  Wagner  1st Lt - Pilot - KIA

          Henry  I  Cushman  T/Sgt – TT/Eng - KIA

          Marvin  T  Charlson  S/Sgt – LWG - KIA

                                      MACR 1350. - 10 KIA
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                           "Unknown Crew Pictured"  
                      42-29896  "Tondelayo"
                                          527th BS
                              Fuselage Code(s) FO-V & then Y
                                 Ran out of fuel and ditched
                                     in English Channel
                                 Sept 6, 1943. Crew rescued

                      42-30237  "Stump Jumper"
                                                 524th BS       
                                         Fuselage Code: WA-V
                                   After service with 379th BG
                              She was converted to an Aphrodite
                              flying bomb & launched against a
                                 power station at Oldenburg
                                             Jan 1, 1945.
                             Shot down by flak before reaching target
           Pictured above is the Theiss Crew
                     Top row (standing)
     Armstrong, Donald B, T/ Sgt, Right Waist Gunner
     Theiss, Joseph E, Lt, Pilot
     Edwards, James G, Lt, Navigator
     Peifer, Thomas D, Lt, Bombardier
     Krafft, Julius "Red" W, Lt, Co-Pilot
                    Front row (kneeling)
     Frydryk, Frank P, S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner
     Hill, George R, Sgt, Tail Gunner
     Nolan, Morrison T, S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner
     Klump, Delbert W, T/Sgt, Left Waist Gunner
     McKeegan, Hugh (NMI), Sgt, Radio Operator/Gunner
                                For more info on crews go to:

                                         "Unknown Crew Pictured
                            42-31085   "Anita Marie"
Ground Crew Chief: William F. Preprzak
  524th BS  WA-D
The transferred to the
525th BS FR-D
lost on 07 July 1944
Leipzig, Germany
with Riedman crew,
3 killed 6 prisonner
1 returned to base

The Reidman Crew
Donald E Fields - WG - POW
Ray W Pekonen - TG - - POW
Sydney P Kelly - Bom - KIA
John E Reidman - Pilot - POW
Robert H Smith - Co-Pilot -KIA
David E Sarfaty - Bom - POW
Edmund V Moreno - RO - RTB
Albert O Rowe - TTG - POW
Peter G Krosunger - BTG - POW

It was just a few minutes after bombing the target when we were hit forward by AA fire. I was in the radio room. I saw the Waist Gunners going out of their hatch when the order to bail out was given. I made my way forward with the Ball Turret gunner as I looked back I saw the Ball Turret Gunner and then the Top gunner bailed out of the bomb bay. Lt Safarty our Bombardier Observer was right behind them. As I made my way toward the front Lt Smith came down and stepped aside telling me to quick use the front hatch. That was the last time I saw him. I never saw Kelly but heard he was killed in the initial hit. I saw the plane explode on impact with the ground.- S/Sgt Moreno Radio Operator
Reidman Crew

        Another shot of the Anita Marie taken in the end of May 1944, This photo shows an unknown crew having the wounded Tail Gunner removed from the ship.
                       For more info on crews loading

                     42-39782  "Pistol Packin Mama"
                                                    Assigned to
                                    First the 527th BS Then to the 526th BS
                           Fuselage Code(s):   FO-M      &       LF-M
                                                           Lost Feb 8, 1944.
Rossberg crew on board
                                                            MACR 2880

                                                      Lt Howard Francis Crew
                                                     The Francis Crew actually flew this
                                                     ship to
                                                  After a checkout mission on another
                                                   aircraft they were assigned 42-39782
                                                  For more info on crews go to:

                          42-97270   "Red Dragon"
                                              527th BS
Fuselage Code  FO-H 
2nd Lt Walter R Neilsen
2nd Lt Hector A Kaufman
2nd Lt Rexford H Feaster
2nd Lt Howard H Hamilton
               All four Airmen were interred until after the war
                    For more info on crews loading

                        43-37932    "Spratt-O-Liner"
                                              525th BS
                                  Fuselage Code FR-H
                                        Lost Nov 5, 1944.
                                    Lt Byron D. Anderson Crew
                                               1 KIA 8 POW
                                               MACR 10353 
                For more info on crews loading

                                 44-83288  "Lady Anna"
                                           aka "The Grim Reaper"
                                                   527th BS
                                            Fuselage Code  FO-S
                                       Named after British Actress
                                      Anna Nagle (Pictured above)
                                   Last aircraft assigned to the group

                                 This aircraft was transferred to the 91st BG
                                 When the 379th BG was assigned to

 41-9100  "Birmingham Blitzkrieg"  
                                          Painted in red and white stripes for
                                           better visibility as formation control

                  41-9100  "Birmingham Blitzkrieg"
                                                  525th BS
                                       Fuselage Code FR-U
                                       Used as a formation aircraft
                                       Col Maurice "Mo" Preston 
                                   appears to be leaning on the prop

               She Came off the assembly line on 11April 1942
                and was added to the Military Inventory on
                26 June 1942. She arrived overseas and was
                assigned to the 379th - 525th BS with a Call Sign/
                Fuselage Code of FR-U. She saw very little
                  Combat before becoming Col. Mo Preston's
                VIP Ship. Later she was used as a formation
               assembly ship.This ship remained in England
                after the war  & was transferred to one of the
                BAD's on 01 Feb 1945 & finally salvage on
                  18 June 1945.

                      42-39783 "Blues in the Night" 
             Ground Crew Chief: M/Sgt Robert J. Brockman
                                                   526th BS
                                           Fuselage Code LF-B
                                   Went Missing 19 May 1944
                                       Merlyn E. Wilson Crew
                                                on board

 John  T  Strouse                Sgt  -  BTG  -  POW

Merlyn  P  Wilson  -  Lt  -  Pilot  -  Repatriated
Dean  W  Reid  -  Lt   -  Co-Pilot  -  Repatriated
Frederick  A  High  -  Lt  -  Nav  -  Repatriated
Henry  P  Mcgreevy  -  Lt  -  Bom  -  Repatriated
Clayton  W  Bates    S/Sgt  -  RO  -  POW
Arthur  H  Stanton   S/Sgt  -  Eng/TTG  -  MIA
Albert  W  Vandyke  Sgt  -  TG  -  MIA
Wayne  M  Davis      Sgt  -  WGr  -  POW
                MACR- 4929
 Here is another photo of:
             Ground Crew Chief: M/Sgt Robert J. Brockman
         M/Sgt Brockman is painting on the Mission
              bombs for "Blue in the Night"

                                             "Unknown Crew Pictured
                        42-107146  "Mairzy Doats"
                   First assigned the the 527th BS then to the 525th BS
                                Fuselage Code(s) FO-G  &  FR-G 
                                         Damaged by Anti-Aircraft fire
                                  on mission to Gelsenkirchen, Germany
                                   & Crashed in North Sea on return
                                     With Lt.Spencer Crew on Board
Edwin  C  Spencer  2nd Lt Pilot KIA     
                               Mervyn  L  Richards 2nd Lt Co-P KIA

                               Gerard  J  Gallagher 2nd Lt Nav KIA

                               Warren  H  Boone Jr. 2nd Lt Bom KIA

                               George  M  Lively  S/Sgt RO/G KIA

                               Howard  E  Chaffin S/Sgt Eng/TT G KIA

                               Richard  C  Kriedeman  Sgt WG KIA

                               Donald  A  Stover Sgt BTG

                                Charles  J  Marlatt Sgt TG 
                                                Aug 26, 1944
                                                 MACR 8456
                        For more info on crews go to:

                          42-97128 "Screwball Express"
                                           Ground Crew Chief: 
                                       S/Sgt Leslie C. Starbuck

                                                      527th BS 
                                           Fuselage Code  FO-M
                               Lt Howard  E  Towers Crew Pictured
                                            lost over Ingolstadt, 
                                              with Hourtal Crew
                                                5 April 1945
                                            For more info on crews go to:


                                                                Unknown Crew Pictured
                                       42-102627   "Queenie"
                                                        527th BS

                                        Fuselage Code  FO-Q
                                         Shipped to RFC at Kingman, AZ
                                                 Sold as Salvage
                                                   Dec 6, 1945

                       Pictured above is the George

                               James  T  Campbell  2nd Lt   - Nav,  

                               Elmer  R  Evanson  Sgt  - WG
                               Forrest  L  Kenyon  2nd Lt   - Bom
                               Ernest  G  Seeger  S/Sgt   - Eng/TT
                               Patrick  J  Kelley  Sgt   - BTGunner
                               Jack  V  Butterfield  Sgt   - TGunner
                               Gus  (NMI)  George  2nd Lt   - Pilot
                               John  E  Sweeney  S/Sgt   - RO/Gunner
                               Owen Palmer  2nd Lt   - Co-Pilot

                                       For more info on crews go to:


                                               McClain Crew
                         43-37570    "Miss Liberty
                                             524 BS
                                  Fuselage Code   WA-K 

                                          Sold as Scrap
09 10 45 Kingman, Arizona 
      Harold  E  McClain Jr.       2nd Lt    Pilot
     James A Rainwater           2nd Lt    Co-Pilot
     Paul  A  Tates                   T/Sgt      Togglier/Gunner
     Edward  R  Chapman       2nd Lt     Bombardier    
     Alphonse  A  Annunziato   S/Sgt     Radio/Gunner
     Dean  N  Buck                   S/Sgt     Eng/TT Gunner
     Raymond  J  Posielenzny   Sgt         BTG
     Raymond  A  Halley           Sgt         Waist Gunner
     Marvin  P  Hasselfield        Sgt         Tail Gunner      

                                       Unknown Crew Pictured
                          42-31648         "Ensign Mary"
                                   526th BS
                              lost Jun 16, 1944
                       Lt George Mc Hugh Crew
                                 MACR 5988






George  Mcugh




Edward Peterson




Robert   Reese




Charles   Atkinson




Russell  Groat




Lester  Tullier




Bruce  Little




George  Thompson




Kelly Shaw




                     For more info on crews loading

                 42-38183   "The Lost Angel "
                                                   525th BS
                                            Fuselage Code  FR-C
                                            Crashed on landing 
                                        Returned to Base  28 09 44  
                                              Reassigned to the
                                                   524th BS
                                          Fuselage Code WA-G

                                                    Hit by
                                             Anti-Aircraft Fire
tail gunner bailed out over target &
                                     the rest returned safely to base
                                      Sept. 28, 1944. MACR 9363
                                   She was declared War Weary and
                                      AF Alconbury 31 10 45

                                  2Lt Stanley E. Bailey Crew
                                           1 POW - 9 RTD
                     For more info on crews loading

      This Aircraft was also flown by the
                            "Wolf Pack":





Emerson  G  Zapotosky

2nd Lieutenant


Gilbert C. Heath

1st Lieutenant


Matthew Nathan

2nd Lieutenant


Lester G. Berman


2nd Lieutenant


Martin B. Cave

Staff Sergeant

Radio Operator/Gunner

John E. Hollister

Tech Sergeant

Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

Raymond E. Mullenix      "Dinky"


Ball Turret Gunner

Charles L. White


Left Waist Gunner

Joseph  W. Carl


Tail Gunner

Edwin G. Finance                      "Drippy"

Staff Sergeant

Right Waist Gunner


                By January 1944 many groups had a practice of 
     having a reserve section of crews. Some of the missions of
     1943 had devastating effects on some Bomb Groups where a 
    single mission wiped out entire Squadrons. This way there
     were airmen or entire crews standing by to fill-in for wounded,  
      sick or entire crews that were on R&R, assigned training or
      just standing down for that mission. These crews were very
      seldom assigned an aircraft. If so it already had a name. So,
     these airmen began naming their crews. As previously shown
     just above with the "Wolf Pack".
     It is my pleasure to introduce to you "The Missing Links"
              Thanks to the Reynolds Family we have this photo &
        I have been able to ID & place most of the Airmen
        with a name.

                                              " The Missing Links "
                                                Standing left - to - Right
                                   Mark  P  Reynolds Jr.   Sgt - Tail Gunner
                                   Joseph   Romagnoli       Sgt - Radio Operator/Gunner
                                    Thomas  F  Fairbanks  Sgt -  Eng/TT Gunner
                                    Eldred  G  Sellers         S/Sgt - Nose Gunner/Togglier
                                    Milton  S  Kenan            Sgt - Ball Turret Gunner
                                                          Seated Left- to -Right
                                  Maurice  H  Pace  F/ O  - Navigator 
                                   Sylvester  V  Howell   Lt - Pilot
                                    Melvin  E  Weaver       Lt - Bombardier
                                   Kenneth  R  Nobel        Lt -  Co-Pilot

                  The Original Missing Links
                       ( No Photo Available)
Eldred  G  Sellers           S/ Sgt - Nose Gunner/Togglier  
William  T  Griffin       Lt  - Co-Pilot  
Sylvester  V  Howell      Lt - Pilot  
Maurice  H  Pace             F/ O  - Navigator  
Thomas  F  Fairbanks    Sgt -  Engineer/Top Turret Gunner  
Milton  S  Kenan             Sgt - Ball Turret Gunner  
Bert  W  Barnett Jr.         Sgt -  Waist Gunner  
Mark  P  Reynolds Jr.      Sgt -  Tail Gunner  
Joseph     Romagnoli       Sgt - Radio Operator/Gunner

  Upon arriving in England the original Missing Links
   lost their Co-Pilot , a Waist Gunner & Bombardier to other duties & crews.
They  are  unknown to this 
     The above list of names is the make up of the crew's first combat mission.

                        Go to this site to find out the fate of 
                          "The Missing Links" 
      Search this site for Fairbanks & scroll down to 
                                   Mission 309
                           Then  double click on  Show Crew

                            42-102689   "Lady Luck"
                                                   525th BS
                                       to RFC at Kingman, AZ
                                            Sold for salvage
                                              Dec 16, 1945


42-31597   "Landa             
527th BS                               
                              Mission Number: 245 for the 379th            
                                  flown on 11/30/1944                       
                              Target City: Zietz , Germany               
Target: Synthetic Oil Plant                
2nd Lt Conroy Crew  assigned              
MACR 11127                               
                           For more info on crews loading

                                                          Unknown Crew Pictured     
                                               524th BS
                                          Fuselage Codes WA-Y/F
                                     Returned to states & sent to
                                        Walnut Ridge sold as
                                           scrap October 24 1945
                                         Unknown Crew pictured 


                42-29891    "Dangerous Dan"         
                                               524th BS
                                       Fuselage Code WA -N    
                                       22 /12 /43 Crash Landed
                                       Lesfield or Ubbeston, UK
                                           24 12 43 Salvaged


   42-107082  " Lassie Come Home"
                                   526th BS
                      Crashed at St Heddinge, Denmark
                   Mission Number: 117 for the 379th
                          flown on 5/13/1944
                     Target City: Stettin / Poznan , Germany     
  Target: Vulcanizing Plant and Rubber Factory
                      Lt Robert M. Dunn Crew on board

      9- POW's
                                      MACR 4931

                     For more info on crews loading
                                   Also see this site:             

               42-39789    "Skunkface"
               aka "Little Skunkface"
                            Fuselage Codes
                              5 27th BS FO-P
                                            526th BS LF-W/P

                  transferred to 487th BG 15 july 44

            42-30298  "Tender Tit Tillie"
                               later known as
                       "Ragin Red
525th BS FR-M, 
                    Transferred to 487th BG 
                       837th BS 15 jul 44)

                       43-38420 "Betty Jane"
                         526th BS
        Fuselage codes: LF-J/M
                      a.k.a. " Yvonne"

           Was completed on 03 August 1944 & accepted
            by the military on 02 September 1944. Shipped
            overseas on 10 September 1944. . Used
             as a reserve status aircraft until damaged by
             flak in February 1945.
           She  was then transferred to a
            higher echelon maintenance facility for repair
            returning to the 379th Bg in time for The Merlon
            H. Abbotts crew to be her first assigned crew.
            They flew her for four missions from 10 March
            1945 to 18 March 1945. On the 18 March 1945
            mission to Berlin she took heavy Anti Aircraft
            fire and was limited by performance and fuel loss.
             The Pilot and Navigator  Peter J. Kernan decided
             to try and and make
Bydgoszcz's Airfield  in
            The crew 
consisted of :
            1st Lt. Merton H. Abbott -Pilot
             F/O Ora T. Hale Co-Pilot
             F/O Peter J. Kernan Navigator
            Sgt Stanley Feldman Engineer/Top Turret Gunner
            S/Sgt Angelo Paolo - Radio Operator,
            S/Sgt Thomas L. Vance - Nose Gunner
            Sgt Bernard H. Gasda - Tail Gunner
            Sgt J. J. Tonsic - Ball Turret Gunner

This crew received a royal reception from the Russians and were assigned a room in the Headquarters there. The Soviets gave the crew anything that they wanted and they had a maid, a Lieutenant guide, a truck and driver at there disposal. Then they flew to Poltava on board a C-47 or Li-2 carrying red stars. They returned to England flying a Fortress named "Maiden USA" via Italy and France.
  The Betty Jane was left at the Soviet Airfield and listed as captured by the Soviet Air Force.  

                  *  42-29511 * "The Iron Maiden"
379th BG, 525th BS
  Shot down by fighter near Schweinfurt, Germany Oct 14, 1943
 10 POW. MACR 957
The nose art on the Iron Maiden never
was finished. The Lt Roland Martin Crew had
hired an artist to draw a pin-up girl which needed
many visits to complete the final piece of art.
Unfortunately, The Schweinfurt Raid came first.
The Iron Maiden was attacked by n
umerous fighters,
to include the twin engines JU-88's.

                       For more on the "Iron Maiden"
                      Go to:
                           Crew Loading





Edwin  L  Mattern




John  L  Cihonski




Linden  H  Price Jr.

2nd Lt



Daniel  J  Maher

2nd Lt



Irving  M  Rittenberg

2nd Lt



Nicholas  J  Macri




Elihu     Peacock

S/ Sgt



Daniel  A  Sirianni

S/ Sgt



Adam  A  Janik

S/ Sgt



Roland  H  Martin Jr.

2nd Lt




                 42-31972  "Gamecock"
                                527th BS
                   Fuselage Code  FO-F
                    lost on 13 May 1945
             Around 15 minutes after the
            bomb run we were hit with a
           20mm cannon knocking out
            Engine # 1. It appeared to be on
           fire as we left the formation
. When
over the Island of Fyn we saw a field
           & attempted to land. after making a
           successful belly landing
the Crew was
           taken by the Germans & the aircraft was
           loaded on a train & shipped to Germany
MACR 2870
            1st Lt John E. Wilds Jr  Crew  on board
                For more info on crews loading


        43-37755    "Everybody's Baby"

        526th BS LF-Z  
             Crash landed 13 Sept. 1944
                Meresberg Mission
                   Ciney, Belgium
              Robert Layton Crew

          42-38141   "Pansy Yokum"
525th BS FR-D       524th BS WA-D

The original MACR reported that
this aircraft failed to show up at the
Assembly area with her group. They went on
not knowing where she was. It was later
reported that she went with another
formation. It was later discovered that this
Group reported seeing her hit by
Anti-Aircraft fire and on 09-07-44
She Ditched in the North Sea.
All the crew perished at sea.
  2Lt Hugh E. Frye Crew on Board
 It was their first Mission.

                      MACR 7359

                   For more info on crews loading

"Mary Jo" 42-31915
 Assigned to the 527th BS
Code FO-Y
Ground Crew Personnel
Pictured above are:
Baldwin - Stott - Nadolf

More of the Ground Crew

Added to the inventory on 01 February 1944
Arrived overseas on 06 February 1944.
She went MIA on 19 September 1944
with the Lt Charles E. Walker Crew on board
MACR 9374
Crew 5-RTB- and 5-POW's

                    43-37934 "Million Dollar Baby"
                        a.k.a.: "Hundred Million Dollar Baby"
                     524th BS Fuselage Code: WA-X
                This photo was taken to commemorate her 100th
     Mission without an abort. After which she was renamed by her
     Ground Crew Chief "John B. Sterling" to: "Hundred Million
      Dollar Baby". In the photo we have Identified several Air Combat
     Crewmen and a few Ground Crewmen. As of this time they are:

                                            Right to left standing:
    William F Manning-Nav, Unknown Ground Crewman, Ground Crew Chief Sgt. John B Sterling, Paul Glass-TTG, David L Miksche-Pilot, Russ Werchowec-R.O., Charles Williams-C.P.

                              Front row L to R:
     Eugene Merritt-Tog, Unknown ground crewman, Unknown ground crewman, Unknown ground crewman, Henry J Hunt-TG, William J Thomson Jr-BTG.
               This photo was dated 11 April 1945

     S/Sgt John B. Sterling had at least three other aircraft during the war and he was one of only four Ground Crew Chief's to receive The legion of Merit for his efforts.
           Thanks to the families of John B. Sterling &
           William F. Manning for the photo and info

            "Coming Soon !"

           43-38716   "Miss Anoxia"
            a.k.a.   "Liberty Run Kids"
                           525th BS 
                  Fuselage Code: LF-K
               Sold for Salvage: Sept 09 1948


  Looking For Section
  We need photos and or info on the following Aircraft

      42-29901 "The Fighting Bulldogs"
                          526th BS
                One of the original 41
                Lost on Nantes mission
                       Sep 16, 1943
              Shot down by a Fw 190A-6
         of JG 2/10 flown by Fw Geisthardt
          and crashed at Grand-Fougeray,
                          MACR 1347
                        6 KIA, 4 POW.
              43-37976   "Lillie Marlene"

                 42-39800 "Patches"
                    later known as "Just So"
                          526th BS
                Fuselage code  LF-T
            Assigned to the 303rd BG. Then
             02 November 1943 transferred
             to the 384th Bg. Next transferred to the
              379th BG on 07 July 1943. Declared
              War Weary 11 November 1944 then
              transferred to the RAF as a non-ops
             Aircraft until the end of the war.

           43-38716   "Miss Anoxia"
            a.k.a.   "Liberty Run Kids"
                           525th BS
                  Fuselage Code: LF-K
               Sold for Salvage: Sept 09 1948

                      42-31510  "Paper Doll"
524th BS
                         Fuselage Code WA-D    
                               22 02 44 FTR
                Crashed near Zwolle, The Netherlands
                       Lt  Donald P. McCall Crew
                               6 EVD, 4 POW -
                  E&E 1714, 2084, 2138, 2748, 2795 -
                                  MACR 2875

42-29915    "Thunder God"
524th BS 
                       Fuselage Code:  WA-U    
              11 06 43 FTR GF CR North Sea
                   Lt Raymond J. Zucker
                    10 KIA - MACR 1760

          42-3023 "Boozeness"    
525th BS
Fuselage Code: FR-F
Shot down by
Hptm Wilhelm Gath
of JG 267/2 in a Fw 190A-5
at Brahe, Germany
June 25, 1943
Lt Thomas V. Simones Crew
5 KIA, 5 POW.
MACR 1365.


527th BS
then to 524th BS
Shot down by Fw Mader
in Bf 110G-2 of ZG 76/2
with a rocket at
Singhofen, Germany
Oct 14, 1943.
MACR 955


       Delivered Denver 18/1/43; Assigned 527BS/379BG [FO-R] Presque Is 29/4/43; Kimbolton 26/6/43; Missing in Action Anklam 14/10/43 with:

Matt Zack-Pilot{+ 524BS crew}, Co-pilot: Fritz Minder, Navigator: George Lemen, Bombardier: John Vournakis, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Berge Hekimian, Radio Operator: Joyce Ouellet, Ball turret gunner: Edwin Kiddle, Waist gunner: George Baskovic, Waist gunner: Clint Segraves,Tail gunner: Harry Turner (10 Killed in Action); enemy aircraft, crashed near Singhofen, 12 miles SW of Limburg, Ger.. Missing Air Crew Report 955.

527th BS
Crashed on return to
Framilington near
Parham, UK 30 July 1943
Lt Melton D. Wallace Crew
10 killed
MACR 1364.


                              43-38759 "Dimples"
                                      525th BS
                           30 November 1944
                  Lost on the Zietz mission when
                  damaged by AA fire.
              Lt Raymond D, Alderman Crew on board


527th BS
Fuselage Code: FO-T/H
Shot down by AA at
Bremen, Germany
Oct 8, 1943
MACR 959
10 POW.


526th BS
Flown by crew from the 524th BS
Crew shot down by AAA
& crashed at Epinay, France
Sept. 3, 1943
3 KIA, 7 POW
MACR 1349.


44- 6140 "Miss Lace"

527th BS
Fuselage Code FO-U
Went MIA 30 November 1944
with Gilbert J. Schesinger Crew
MACR 11126

44-6602 "Slew Foot Slew"
526th BS
Fuselage Code FR-M/C
Forced Landed 18 August 1944
Repair & recovery deemed too
much at the time. After the war she
was taken to Kingman, Az.

527th BS
shot down by Obfw Hans Laun
in a Fw 190A-5 of JG 1/3
Jul 28, 1943
crashed near Vries, Netherlands.
 MACR 1761.
7 KIA, 3 POW.