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  • 5th BOMB WING

    History of Aircraft Assigned

    Copyright 1991 by Richard E. DrainRevised 2004

    All Rights ReservedLibrary of Congress Catalog Nr. D790.D73

    Cover by Frank R. Drain

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    Table of Contents

    2nd Bomb Group aircraft . 5

    2nd Bomb Group mission summary 34

    97th Bomb Group aircraft 42

    97th Bomb Group mission summary ... 62

    99th Bomb Group aircraft 73

    99th Bomb Group mission summary 99

    301st Bomb Group ... 107

    301st Bomb Group mission summary .. 132

    463rd Bomb Group aircraft .. 141

    463rd Bomb Group mission summary . 155

    483rd Bomb Group aircraft .. 159

    483rd Bomb Group mission summary . 177

    5th Wing aircraft names 177

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    2nd Bomb Group

    Ser. Nr. Name Sqdn History

    22979 49 Transfer from 99th BG 14 Nov 43. Transfer to 99th BG9 Mar 44. Transfer to 483rd BG 31 Mar 44. MIA Nis 16 Apr 44.Flew five missions with 2nd BG, one with 99th BG, one with483rd BG.

    23032 Mary Jane 20 Assigned 9 Dec 43. Transfer to 483rd BG 31 Mar 44. To WalnutRidge 14 Dec 45. Flew 22 missions with 2nd BG.

    23065 429 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 24 missions. MIAInnsbruck 19 Dec 43 on its ninth mission, total 33. Fighters,No chutes seen. Henry Vogel Crew, Ludwig, Leland, Parks,Solsberry, Boyer, Lewis, Bengston, Fennessey, Redick, Ludwig,Leland, Parks, Fennessey, Redick KIA, rest POW.(MACR 15291)

    23066 Betsey 96 Original aircraft. Transfer to 301st BG Nov 43, flew three mis-sions. Back to 2nd BG 14 Nov 43. To 429th BS 16 Nov 43.Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44. One mission with 99th BG.Transfer to 483rd BG 31 Mar 44. To Altus 6 Sep 45. 53 missionswith 2nd BG.

    23083 Miss Carriage 429 Original aircraft. MIA Gerbini 8 Jul 43 on 17th mission. Planecrashed in water after crew bailed out. Shot down by fighters.Roy Kline crew, Maher, Kocher, Grace (died of exposure), Wright,Cawdrey, Kenyon, Rosenow, Bruso. Kocher picked up by Britishdestroyer. Rest KIA. (MACR 204)

    23096 20 Original aircraft. Transfer to 301st BG after 55 missions. Salvagedoverseas 23 Jan 45.

    23098 Skippy 429 Original aircraft. Transfer to 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 48 mis-sions. MIA Piraeus 11 Jan 44.

    23146 20 Assigned 1 Jun 43. Salvaged overseas 23 Jan 45. Flew 15missions.

    23147 Homesick Angel 49 Assigned 18 Jul 43. Transfer to 97th BG 14 Nov 43 after 22missions. MIA France 16 Nov 43.

    23151 96 Transfer to 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after five missions. Transfer to483rd BG. Salvaged overseas 30 Mar 45.

    23156 Stripped Ass Bird 49 Assigned 2 Jun 43. Crashed on runway during take off 9 Nov 43.Flew four missions. Salvaged. P-Richard Flournoy, no injuries.

    23159 96 Assigned 25 Aug 43. Transfer to 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after onemission. Salvaged overseas 6 Sep 44.

    23161 Sky Witch 20 Assigned 4 Jun 43. Transfer to 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after threemissions. To Altus 29 Oct 45.

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    23166 49 Assigned 30 May 43. Transfer to 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after fivemissions. MIA 27 Jan 44.

    23252 96 Assigned 26 May 43. Transfer to 301st BG after nine missions.Crashed 16 May 45. Salvaged.

    23340 20 Assigned 25 Jun 43. Transfer to 97th BG 14 Nov 43 after 22missions. Crashed 14 May 45. Salvaged.

    23341 Lady Be Good 429 Assigned 12 Jul 43. MIA Wiener Neustadt 2 Nov 43 on 10thmission. Fighters. Lester Gillan crew, Counihan, Digilio, Fink,Hazay, Hagerman, Denton, Reedy, Delette, Reese. Digilio,Fink, Hazay, Reese POW, rest KIA. (MACR 1142)

    23342 Tuff Tit 429 Assigned 11 Jun 43. Crashed on take off 6 Jul 43 on its thirdmission, crew killed. Newton Blackford crew, Poitrost, Istre,Kinnes, Pittman, George, Neilson, Collins, Harrington, Honour.

    23354 Big Stoop Assigned 10 Jul 43. Traded to 301st BG for 25870. Salvagedoverseas 30 Nov 45. No missions with 2nd BG.

    23384 20 Assigned 27 Aug 43. Transfer to 301st BG 14 Nov 43. Salvatedoverseas 14 Sep 44. Fkew 16 missions.

    23392 96 Assigned 8 Aug 43. Transfer to 301st BG. Weather aircraft at97th BG in summer of 1944. To Bush Field 10 May 45. Flew23 missions.

    25050 96 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 65 missions. Twelvemissions with 2nd BG, total missions 77. MIA Piraeus 14 Dec 43.Walter Ward crew, Miller, Aratari, Stanford, Wivelle, Redmon,Naro, LeBlanc, Kahler, Henke. Ward, Naro evade, rest POW.(MACR 1482)

    25068 Sarah 20 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 54 missions. 18 missionswith 2nd BG, total 72. Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44. Nomissions with 99th BG. Transfer to 483rd BG 31 Mar 44. ToAltus 30 Jul 45.

    25131 Hun-Pecker 429 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 50 missions. 28 missionswith 2nd BG, total 78. Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44. Nomissions with 99th BG. To Kingman 18 Dec 45.

    25145 Gremlin 96 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 52 missions with no turn-backs. 40 missions with 2nd BG, total 92. MIA Padua 11 Mar 44.Fighters. Six chutes seen. Ditched in Adriatic. William Peters crewPenn, Staugus, Rose, Pickrel, Spriggs, Mercier, Olsen, Steinhauser,Wenzel. All KIA. (MACR 2836)

    25233 Rigor- Mortis 96 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 95 missions, 18 missionswith 2nd BG, total 113. Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44. To 483rdBG 31 Mar 44. To Arledge Field 23 Nov 44.

    25344 Belching Buzzard 429 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 76 missions. 42 missionswith 2nd BG, total 118. Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44. ToArledge Field 22 Nov 44.

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    25350 Skinhead/Nosey 429 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 67 missions. Fivemissions with 2nd BG. Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44. Onemission with 99th BG, total 73. Transfer to 483rd BG 31 Mar44. To Albuquerque 3 Aug 45.

    25397 49 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 62 missions. MIAAthens 18 Nov 43 on first mission with 2nd BG. Richard GFlourney crew, Cotton, Wagner, Skorheim, Leonard, Farley,Steel, Nowak, Glor, Reich. Crash landing on Corfu, All evade.(MACR 1200)

    25403 20 Assigned to 301st BG 14 Jan 43. Transfer to 2nd BG 14 Nov 43after 73 missions. 44 missions with 2nd BG. Transfer to 99thBG 28 Mar 44. Two missions with 99th BG, total 129. Transferto 483rd BG 31 Mar 44. Salvaged overseas 30 Mar 45.

    25409 Lydia Pinkham 429 Assigned to 301st BG 3 Mar 43. Transfer to 2nd BG 14 Nov 43after 55 missions. Seven missions with 2nd BG, total 62. MIAInnsbruck 19 Dec 43. Five chutes seen. Robert Peterson crew,Bellingham, Briggs, Hardin, Weimer, Bennett, Colin M Smith,Schumacher, George T Smith, Snyder. Bennett KIA, rest POW.(MACR 1519)

    25411 Shady Lady 96 MIA Sofia 24 Jan 44 on 35th mission. Warren Lins crew, Ralph,Scarborough, Crank, Bolt, Johnson, Calihan, Lani, Nelson, Nies.All POW. (MACR 1988)

    25427 20 MIA 19 Dec 43 on 57th mission. Fighters, nine chutes seen.John Williams crew, Hoffman, Plattner, Mills, Shuping, Young,Richardson, Kizer, Grammont, Kennedy. Williams, Young,Richardson KIA, rest POW. (MACR 1530)

    25429 429 Assigned 31 July 43. Operational loss, salvaged overseas9 Nov 43. Flew two missions.

    25440 Sahara Sue 20 Assigned to 97th BG 26 Dec 42. Transfer to 2nd BG 14 Nov 43.23 missions with 2nd BG. Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44. Nomissions with 99th BG. Transfer to 483rd BG 31 Mar 44. Con-demned 31 Oct 45. Salvaged overseas.

    25473 Ernt Mernt 20 Assigned to 301st BG 21 Jan 43. Transfer to 2nd BG 14 Nov 43after 69 missions. 46 missions with 2nd BG. Transfer to 99th BG28 Mar 44, total 115 missions. No missions with 99th BG.Transfer to 483rd BG 31 Mar 44. To U.S. 25 Mar 45. To Altus 25Sep 45.

    25772 20 Assigned to 301st BG 19 Mar 43. Transfer to 2nd BG after 30missions 14 Nov 43. Ten missions with 2nd BG. Transfer to99th BG 28 Mar 44, one mission with 99th, total 41. Transferto 483rd BG 31 Mar 44. Salvaged overseas 14 Jun 45.

    25773 Scrubby Goat 96 Original aircraft. To 429th BS 14 Aug 43. MIA near Lake AlbanoImpatient Virgin 10 Feb 44. Ditched in Mediterannean on 74th mission. Raymond

    Bosmans crew, Horne, Carney, Kemp, Holder, Carter, Scott, Abel,Groover, Perry. All KIA. (MACR 2206)

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    25776 Eager Beaver 96 Original aircraft. MIA Athens 20 Dec 43 on 73rd mission.Damaged by flak, plane hit ground and exploded. DavidRohrig crew, Dippolito, Chesser, Back, Haefs, Hisky, Caputo,Carson, Crawford, Chesser, Horner. Horner bails out at 4000feet. Chute had flak damage. Evades, returns 29 Jun 44. Haefs,Carson, Crawford, Chesser POW, rest KIA. (MACR 1518)

    25777 The Gin Mill 96 Original aircraft. Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44 after 82 missions.Two missions with 99th BG, total 84. Transfer to 483rd BG31 Mar 44. MIA Wiener Neustadt 23 Apr 44.

    25778 Turd Bird/ 20 Original aircraft. Burned while being cleaned with gasolineGather Burd 11 May 43. Salvaged. Flew three missions.

    25779 Leakin Lena 96 Original aircraft. MIA 2 Mar 44. Ditched near Anzio..sion. Nine picked up by British after four hours in dingy. ThomasDegan crew, Nabers, Brienza, Popoff, Turner, Bridges, Moriarity,McNichol, Macias, Sikole, Col. Elmer J Rogers, observer. Nabes.McNichol KIA. 81 Missions. (MACR 3216.

    25781 Wolf Hollow 49 Original aircraft. Transfer to 301st BG 28 Oct 43, flew five mis-sions. Transfer back to 2nd BG 14 Nov 43. Flew 83 missions with2nd BG. Transfer to 99th BG 28 Mar 44, flew two missions with99th BG, total 85 missions. Transfer to 483rd BG 31 Mar 44.Salvaged overseas 3 Jun 44.

    25782 High Tension 429 Original aircraft. At 483rd BG Jan 45 to Apr 45. Salvaged over-seas 21 Jul 45. Flew 22 missions with 2nd BG.

    25811 Ready Teddy - 20 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 after 37 missions. 18 missionsThe Last of Itsabitchis with 2nd BG, total 55. MIA Sofia 10 Jan 44. Attacked by fighters.

    Thomas Finch crew, Weller, Wyatt, Golden, Pysnik, Ross,Schumaker, Swank, Kluttz, Gnatt. Mirchin, Terry, Murray KIA,Rest POW. (MACR 1824)

    25836 hot Cock 49 Transfer from 301st BG 14 Nov 43 afte