392nd BOMB GROUP AIRCRAFT DISPOSITIONS
Sorted By Last 3 Digits Of Aircraft Number

Designated War Weary on 30-Jul-44. Suffered a take-off accident on 29-Oct-44 at Wendling, England, during a practice mission. On the take-off, the pilot could not pull the stick back due to binding elevator controls. Power was cut and brakes applied, but a/c went off the end of Runway 01 into a field, hitting a ditch about 300 yards from the end of the runway. The ditch was about two feet wide with a bank about three feet high on the far side. The nose wheel collapsed and the landing gear buckled. The a/c slid to a stop approximately 50 feet beyond the ditch, damaged beyond repair. The nose art photo shows the name "Blanid's Baby" on the pilot's side while the crash photo shows the name "Little Joe" on the copilot's side.   See nose art

SERIAL NO.

SQDRN

CALL LTR

AIRCRAFT NAME

Date In
392ndBG

Date Out
392ndBG

FINAL DISPOSITION

MISSNS FLOWN

41-29002 (H) 578 EC - T   30-Apr-44 21-Sep-44 MIA 21-Sep-44 over the North Sea;   See MACR 10206 30
42-7004 (E) 577     25-Mar-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-100005 (J) 577 DC - P Old Man Boston Marclar 8-Jan-44 29-Ja-44 Crashed 29-Jan-44 at Gissing, England after mid-air collision. See CNLIM for 29-Jul-44. 2
42-7008 (E) 577     10-Jun-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 302nd BG, Clovis, NM  
42-7009 (E) 578     25-Mar-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 471st BG, Pueblo  
42-7010 (E) 576     12-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-95012 (H) 577 DC - U
DC - U+
Trips Daily 30-Apr-44 2-Dec-44 MIA 2-Dec-44;   See MACR 11143   Nose Art 63
42-95023 (H) 577 DC - Y+   6-Aug-44 12-Aug-44 Transferred to 392nd from 492nd BG after 6-Aug-44 mission. Flew just 1 mission with the 392nd BG crashed 12-Aug-44 at Maxwell Farm, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England. See CNLIM for 12-Aug-1944. 2
42-95025 (H) 579 GC - P   8-May-44 16-Jun-44 Crash landed 15-Jun-44 at Eye, Suffolk, England due to battle damage.   See MACR 5900 7
42-7026 (E) 577       29-Jun-43 Transfer to Pueblo  
42-95027 (H) 577 DC - B+   9-May-44 23-Jun-44 MIA 23-Jun-44 ; See MACR 6215 17
42-110027 (J) 576 CI - E   17-Mar-44 21-Jun-44 MIA 21-Jun-1944   See MACR 6158 30
42-110028 (J) 578
(J) 579
EC - Z
GC - Z
  28-Mar-44 7-Jul-44 While returning early from an operational mission on 4 May 1944, this plane was landed before the nose wheel was fully extended. The nose wheel gave away and the aircraft overshot into a field beyond the end of the runway.
MIA 7-Jul-44:   See MACR 07218
28
42-95031 (H) 576 CI - P Mary Louise 9-May-44 16-Feb-45 Had a landing acident on 19-Jan-45, then crashed 16-Feb-45 at Pudding Norton, near Fakenham, England after being abandoned. See the Mission Summary for 16-Feb-45. The crew chief was S/Sgt Eugene S. Goldsby.   See Photo 71
42-95033 (H) 578 EC - X   3-May-44 11-Jul-44 MIA 11-Jul-44   See MACR 7497   See Photo 16
42-7035 (E) 576     19-Mar-43 26-Mar-43 Transferred to Alamogordo  
42-95035 (H) 579 GC - S Call Me Later 18-May-44 29-Jun-44 Crash landed 29-Jun-44 at Wendling, England   See Mission Summary for 29-Jun-44  See Photo 12
42-95037 (H) 579 GC - M Sally 22-May-44 29-Jun-44 Crash landed 29 Jun 29 1944 at Frettenham, England   See CNLIM for 29-June-44   See Nose Art 16
42-29038 (E) 579     5-Jul-43 11-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-7039 (E) 576     16-Mar-43 26-Mar-43 Transferred to Alamogordo  
42-95040 (H) 577 DC - O+ Silver Streak 29-Apr-44   Returned to USA June 1945. In Oct 1944, the 465th Sub Depot Sheet Metal Dept. had to patch up 392 flak holes scattered throughout her structure ("an all-time record job" per that unit's history).  On 20-Mar-45, she was strafed on her hardstand by a German intruder plane. See the Mission Summary for 20-Mar-45.    See Nose Art 77
42-7041 (E) 578     23-Mar-43 26-Mar-43 Transferred to 330th BG, Alamogordo  
42-95041 (H) 578 EC - D   9-May-44 6-Jul-44 MIA 6-Jul-44 in the North Sea   See MACR 7496 15
42-95045 (H) 576 CI - H   5-May-44 29-May-44 Shot down by anti-aircraft fire Southeast of Neubukow/Mecklenburg at 1240 hours; See MACR 05213 5
42-7049 (E) 577       26-Mar-43 Transferred to Pueblo.  
42-29052 (H) 579       31-Jul-43 Crashed 31-Jul-43 near Topeka Army Air Base, Topeka, Kansas.     See Non-Combat Accident Report 31-July-43  
41-29056 (E) 579     1-Jul-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-110058 (J) 577
(J) 577
DC-Y
DC - Y+
Lyndy 4-Apr-44 6-Aug-44 Transferred July 44 to another bomb group, perhaps 453rd BG.   See Nose Art 57
41-29058 (E) 579     1-Jul-43 8-Aug-43 Transferred to 331st BG, Caspar  
41-79059 (E) 579     1-Jul-43 11-Aug-43 Transferred to Fairmount, Nebraska  
41-29060 (E) 579     6-Jul-43 11-Aug-43 Transferred to Caspar, Wyoming  
42-95060 (H) 578 EC - R   30-Apr-44 19-May-44 MIA 19-May-44; See MACR 4925 4
42-5461 (B17F) 577     20-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-7061 (E) 579     23-Mar-43 26-Mar-43 Transferred to 330th BG, Alamogordo  
42-110061 (J) 577 DC - W   30-Mar-44 8-Apr-44 MIA 8-Apr-44; See MACR 3937 This was the first mission for both the plane and crew 1
41-29061 (E) 579     5-Jul-43 15-Jul-43 Transferred to Tucson  
42-110062 (J) 576 CI - A   30-Mar-44 29-Apr-44 MIA 29-Apr-44; See MACR 4445   Please see The Berlin Bombing Mission article 4
42-7063 (E) 577     21-Mar-43 26-Mar-43 Transferred to Pueblo.  
42-7065 (E) 576     19-Mar-43 26-Mar-43 Transferred to Alamogordo  
44-40067 (J) 579 2U - P+ Big Fat Mamma     Loaner from the 466th BG to the 579th BS; returned to 466th.  
42-95070 (H) 576 CI - F Rap 'Em Pappy II 30-Apr-44 3-Aug-44 Crashed 3-Aug-44 in the North Sea after being abandoned. 27
42-7071 (E) 576     28-May-43 15-Jun-43 Crashed after mid-air collision; See the mission page for 15-Jun-43.  
42-7072 (E) 578     23-Mar-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 471st BG, Pueblo  
42-7075 (E) 579     23-Mar-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 471st BG, Pueblo  
42-95079 (H) 577 DC - E+ Puss 'N Boots 1-Jun-44   Came to the 392nd from the 467th BG, where it was named Kathleen. Returned to USA June 1945. See Kathleen Nose Art.   See Puss 'N Boots Nose Art 70
42-52083 (H) 579 GC - E Out House Mouse 16-Dec-43 4-Jan-44 MIA 4-Jan-1944. See MACR 1911. 6
42-95092 (H) 579 GC - T   8-Jun-44 5-Jul-44 Mid-air collision with B-24H 42-28731 of the 576th BS at 1130 hours on 5-Jul-44 while returning from a practice mission. Crashed and burned in cornfield at Foxley, Norfolk. See CNLIM for 5-July-44. 4
42-110096 (J) 577
(J) 577
DC - W
DC - W+
Good Conduct, later becoming Sharp Character 29-Apr-44 9-Aug-44 Transferred on 9-Aug-44 to 492nd BG. The names were on opposite sides of the plane so it may have gone by both names. See Good Conduct Nose art.   See Sharp Character Nose Art. 27
42-110097 (J) 576 CI - M   30-Mar-44 7-Aug-44 Transferred 7-Aug-44 to 389th BG 36
42-52097 (H) 577 DC - O Lonesome Polecat 25-Feb-44 9-Apr-44 Likely served with the 448th and 93rd BGs before being assigned to the 392nd. MIA 9-Apr-44; See MACR 3944.   See Nose Art. 19
42-100100 (J) 578 EC - T Double Trouble 30-Jan-44 29-Apr-44 Two crewmen became POWs on 18-Mar-44; See MACR 4256. MIA 29-Apr-44; See MACR 4444.  and  The Berlin Bombing Mission   See Nose Art. 22
42-100102 (J) 576 CI - H Texas Refugees 30-Jan-44 24-Feb-44 MIA 24-Feb-44. See MACR 2950. 10
42-51103 (H) 579 GC - E   1-Oct-44   Returned to USA June 1945 7
42-95103 (H) 579 GC - V Berlin Bitch 11-Jun-44 13-Jul-44 Crashed 13-Jul-44 at Wrangle Common, Lincolnshire, England. See CNLIM for 13-July-44. 5
42-110105 (J) 578 EC - T   30-Mar-44 29-Apr-44 MIA 29-Apr-44; See MACR 4446.  and  The Berlin Bombing Mission 10
44-40105 (J) 579 GC - B   23-Apr-44 24-Apr-44 MIA 24-Apr-44; See MACR 4292. 1
42-7106 (E) 579     19-May-43 25-May-43 Had a landing accident at Alamogordo.  
42-51106 (H) 576 CI - A   31-May-44 11-Jul-44 Transferred to the 392nd from the 466th BG. MIA 11-Jul-44; See MACR 7495. 16
42-51107 (H) 579 GC - Q   26-Jul-44 2-Aug-44 Crashed 2-Aug-44 at Lymbridge Green, Elmsted, Kent, England, after being abandoned. See the mission summary for 2Aug44. 2
42-100117 (J) 579 GC - L Delayed Action 30-Jan-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3329. 17
42-51118 (H) 577 DC - B+   9-Aug-44   Transferred in Aug 1944 from 492nd BG to 392nd. Returned to USA June 1945. 48
42-95118 (H) 577 DC - Y+ Alfred V 5-Jan-45   Returned to USA June 1945  See plane landing.   See Nose art. 25
42-51121 (H) 578 EC - U Niagara Special 9-Aug-44 16-Jan-45 Transferred from the 492nd BG to the 392nd. Crashed 16-Jan-45 near Conflans-En-Jarney, France, after being abandoned. See The Legacy of the Niagara Special.   See Nose art. 58
41-29125 (H) 576 CI - D Tar Heel Baby     Transferred after arrival to 446th BG (707th BS)   See Nose art.  
42-51125 (H) 577 DC F+   3-Jun-44 20-Jun-44 MIA 20-Jun-44; See MACR 6156. 7
42-51126 (H) 579 GC - Q Umbriago 7-Aug-44 7-Oct-44 Crash landed 7-Oct-44 on the Continent and salvaged 16-Nov-44. See Mission summary for 7-Oct-44.   See Nose art. 16
41-29127 (H) 579 GC - G Li’l Gypsy 10-Dec-43 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3517.   See Nose art. 24
41-51128 (H) 579 GC - T Tovarich 18-Nov-44   Named by M/Sgt Stephen Dergo in honor of his Russian ancestry. Returned to USA June 1945.   See Nose art. 21
42-7128 (E) 579     19-May-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 302nd BG, Clovis, NM.  
42-7129 (E) 576     19-May-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
41-29129 (H) 576 CI - A   19-Dec-43 19-May-44 The Neff crew, aboard 41-29129, had a landing accident upon returning from the Gotha mission on 24-Feb-44.  MIA 19-May-44; See MACR 5096.   See Landing accident. 43
41-29131 (H) 576
(H) 576
CI - K
CI - K
Spirit of '46, later Flying Patch 12-Feb-44 26-Nov-44 Originally assigned to the 446th BG, then to the 389th BG, then to the 392nd. See CNLIM for 24-Feb-44,  mission page for 8-Mar-44,  mission page for 12-Jul-44,  MACR 8847,  Flying Patch Nose art.   Designated as War Weary on 18 Sep 1944.  Transferred 26-Nov-44 to Greencastle, Ireland. M/Sgt Hubert H. Lee was the crew chief. 87
42-7134 (E) 578     6-Jun-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 471st BG, Pueblo  
41-29135 (H) 579 GC - A Last Frontier 13-Nov-43 20-Dec-43 Crashed 20-Dec-43 at West Bradenham, England. See CNLIM for 20-Dec-43.   Nose art drawing. 7
42-95135 (H) 579 GC - D   18-May-44 20-Jun-44 MIA 20-Jun-44; See MACR 6157. 14
42-7136 (E) 579     6-Jun-43 26-Jun-43 Transferred to 34th BG, Salinas  
42-95136 (H) 576 CI - A   15-May-44 29-May-44 MIA 29-May-44; See MACR 5212. 7
42-7137 (E) 578     10-Jun-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 302nd BG, Clovis, NM  
42-95137 (H) 579 GC - Q Merry Mac I 13-May-44 29-May-44 Crashed 29-May-44 at Thorpe, near Norwich, England. See mission summary for 29-May-44. Named by the Schafer crew. 3
41-1138 (D) 576     13-Feb-43 27-Mar-43 Transferred to Davis-Monthan Field.  
42-7138 (E) 579     10-Jun-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 19th ??, El Paso  
42-7145 (E) 577     20-May-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 471st BG, Pueblo  
42-51145 (H) 576
(H) 579
CI - M
GC-A
  7-Aug-44   Returned to USA June 1945 40
42-7146 (E) 576     8-Jun-43 15-Jun-43 Crashed after mid-air collision; See the Mission page for 15-Jun-43.  
42-51150 (H) 579 GC - U I Walk Alone 7-Aug-44 22-Mar-45 Was transferred to the 392nd BG from the 467th BG. Crashed 22-Mar-45 at Whitehouse Farm, Horstead, England;  See CNLIM for 22-Mar-45. 42
42-95151 (H) 577 DC - C+ Monotonous Maggie 13-May-44   The plane was named by 2/Lt William Scott, bombardier on the Anundson crew. When he and other friends were at home, a younger girl named Margaret would annoy them by riding her bicycle nearby. Someone told her, "Don't be monotonous, Maggie." An artist friend of Scott's made the original drawing, and the crew paid to have someone paint Maggie on their plane.   See Nose art.Returned to USA June 1945 88
42-52160 (H) 579 GC - K Ski-Nose 8-Feb-44 7-Jul-44 MIA 7-Jul-44; See MACR 7218. Sgt Ralph E. James was one of her mechanics.   See Nose art. 27
41-29163 (H) 578 EC - F   14-May-44 23-Jun-44 Designated as War Weary and transferred to Station 505. 1
42-95164 (H) 577 DC - P+ Lady Eve 7-May-44 28-Jan-45 MIA 28-Jan-45; See MACR 11995.   See Nose art. 26
42-7165 (E) 579     6-Jun-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to 302nd BG, Clovis, NM  
42-51169 (H) 577 DC - G+ The Chiefton 6-Aug-44   Transferred from 576th to 577th Sqdn.  Returned to USA June 1945   See Plane    See Nose Art 42
42-40170 (D) 578     23-Feb-43 1-Apr-43 Transferred to Davis-Monthan Field.  
41-29174 (H) 577 DC - R Ambling Okie 17-Nov-43 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3320.   See Nose art. 25
42-51186 (H) 579
(J) 578
GC - T
EC - C
  4-Aug-44 10-Jan-45 Transferred from 579th to 578th Sqdn on 20-Dec-44. Crash landed 10 Jan 1945 at Seething, England due to engine failure; See Mission summary for 10-Jan-45. 42
42-100187 (J) 578 EC - V Pallas Athene 'G.I. Jane' 1-Feb-44 8-Dec-44 Declared War Weary on 18-Sep-44; transferred to Green Castle on 8 Dec 1944. On 30-Jul-44, while on a non-operational training mission, the pilot made an extremely low landing approach and hit the tops of trees. He pulled up in time to maintain flight and landed the plane safely. The right vertical stabilizer, fuselage, and nose were damaged. She was christened 2-Feb-44 by a "bevy of WACs from Second Air Division Headquarters." Per Stars&Stripes, 14-Feb-44, she was "The first heavy bomber in the ETO to be named in honor of the WACs." The crew chief was T/Sgt Lowell Hale; also in the ground crew was Cpl Harry Kruse.   See Christening Photos 43
42-7190 (E) 579     26-Jun-43 16-Jul-43 Transferred to 400th BG, Pueblo  
41-29192 (H) 577 DC - X The Sky Shark 12-Feb-44 24-Feb-44 Transferred to the 392nd from 389th BG. MIA 24-Feb-44. See MACR 2945.   See Nose art. 4
42-51194 (H) 576 CI - W My Prayer 8-Jun-44   Returned to USA Jun 1945. The crew chief was M/Sgt Edward L. Falada, the air mechanics were Sgt Floyd C. Stradford and Cpl Charles Terzoglio, and the Flight Chief was M/Sgt Rufus P. Carter.   See Photo. 91
42-95195 (H) 579 GC - M   16-Jun-44 14-Oct-44 MIA 14-Oct-44; See MACR 9485. 24
42-7199 (E) 576     11-Jun-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to Clovis, NM  
42-7200 (E) 579     22-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-51205 (H) 578 EC - F Star Swinger 5-Jan-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See Nose art. 35
42-51207 (H) 577 DC - A+   7-Oct-44 2-Dec-44 MIA 2-Dec-44; See MACR 11140. 11
42-7208 (E) 579     6-Jul-43 8-Aug-43 Transferred to Caspar, Wyoming  
42-7211 (E) 579     26-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-7212 (E) 579     21-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-51212 (H) 579 GC - M   8-Jul-44 21-Jul-44 Crash landed 21-Jul-44 at Deanland airfield, Sussex, England. See mission summary for 21-July-44. 5
42-95222 (H) 576 CI - Q   10-May-44 5-Aug-44 Crashed Aug-5-44 at Sparrow Green, Gressenhall, Norfolk, England after take-off. See CNLIM for 5-Aug-44. 33
42-95223 (H) 577 DC - F+ Little Lulu 19-Jul-44 20-Jan-45 MIA 18-Jan-1945 during a practice mission; See MACR 14350.   See Nose art. 37
42-95229 (H) 579 GC - R Rap 'em Pappy 13-May-44 7-Jul-44 MIA 7-Jul-44; See MACR 7216.   See Nose art. 22
42-51235 (J) 578 EC - B Lassie Come Home 17-Sep-44 7-Jan-45 Crashed 7-Jan-45 between Hellimer and Francaltrof, France, after being abandoned due to multiple engine failure. The crew chief was M/Sgt Art Knipe. See mission summary.   See Nose art. 30
42-51238 (J) 579
(J) 577
GC - F
DC - T+
Little Joe 7-Jul-44   Transferred from 579th to 577th in early Dec 1944. Returned to USA, June 1945 See Nose Art 72
42-51240 (J) 578 EC - S Windy City Belle 17-Sep-44   Returned to USA June 1945. This plane was maintained by M/Sgt Ernie Barber. Frequent pilot 1/Lt Donald Wood was from Chicago, hence the name.  See Plane. 57
42-95241 (H) 578 EC - G Jolly Duck 14-May-44 22-Feb-45 MIA 22-Feb-45; See MACR 12658. and  The John McCormick Story. The crew chief was M/Sgt Cleon Barber.  See Plane. 37
42-95243 (H) 577 DC - A+   7-May-44 29-May-44 MIA 29-May-1944; See MACR 5211. 4
42-7248 (E) 579     22-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-51249 (J) 578 EC - A Sweat N Duck 25-Sep-44   Returned to USA June 1945.  See plane. 73
44-50249 (L) 579 GC - N   6-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945. 2
42-95250 (H) 578 EC - U   19-Jul-44   Returned to USA June 1945.  See plane. 42
42-7251 (E) 579     24-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-7261 (E) 579     24-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-100261 (J) 579 EC - A Sweet Chariot 5-Feb-44 4-Jun-44 Crashed 4-Jun-44 at Silk Willoughby, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England after being abandoned. See mission summary for 4-Jun-44.    See Nose art. 39
42-51268 (J) 579
(J) 578
GC - J
EC - F
Pleasant Surprise 23-Sep-44 1-Jan-45 MIA 1-Jan-45; See MACR 11239.   See Nose art. 49
42-7272 (E) 579     21-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-95272 (H) 579
(H) 576
GC - G
CI - C
Pursuit of Happiness 6-Aug-44 14-Feb-45 Was at the 458th BG, then the 492nd before being transferred to the 392nd. Crash landed 14-Feb-45 between Wendling and Shipdham, England, due to being out of gas. See the mission summary for 14-Feb-45. The crew chief was S/Sgt Donald MacRae. 141
42-7274 (E) 579     5-Jul-43 13-Jul-43 Transferred to Tucson  
42-7275 (E) 579     21-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-7278 (E) 579     24-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-50279 (H) 579 GC - J Envy of 'em All 6-Aug-44 13-Sep-44 Transferred from 492nd BG to the 392nd. MIA 13-Sep-44; See MACR 8848.   See Nose art. 61
42-7283 (E) 579     24-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
44-70283 UC-64A (578)     11-Aug-44      
42-50284 (H) 578 EC - A Shoo! Shoo! Baby 11-Jun-44   Declared War Weary on 30-Jul-1944. On 15-Nov-44, while running up the engines to taxi out for take-off on a night training mission, the nose wheel strut broke. The engines were stopped immediately. Corrective action was taken by the 465th Sub Depot. Returned to USA Jun 1945.   See Nose art. 2
42-50287 (H) 577 DC - V+   30-Apr-44 23-Jun-44 Suffered a take-off accident on 20-Jun-44.  MIA 23-Jun-44;  See MACR 6523. 17
42-7287 (E) 579     30-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-7288 (E) 579     25-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-7290 (E) 579     30-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-7292 (E) 579     25-Jun-43 13-Jul-43 Transferred to 396th BG, Tucson  
42-7293 (E) 579     21-Jun-43 5-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-95293 (H) 578 EC - H American Beauty 1-Jun-44 4-Nov-44 MIA 4-Nov-44; See MACR 10350.  See plane. 35
42-7295 (E) 579     26-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
44-40295 (J) 578 EC - C   7-May-44 12-Aug-44 493rd BG to 487th BG to 392nd BG. Had a taxiing accident 12-Aug-44 at Thorpe Abbotts (Station 139), England, while on a non-operational mission; See mission summary for 12-Aug-44. 29
44-40297 (J) 576 CI - D Silent Yokum     Tansferred to 392nd from 453rd BG after 11-Apr-45. Returned to USA June 1945. 0
42-95299 (H) 576 CI - A   16-Jul-44   Returned to USA 3-Jun45; the crew chief was M/Sgt Walter S. Meeker.  See plane. 77
42-7300 (E) 579     25-Jun-43 16-Jul-43 Transferred to HQ 296th, Colorado Springs  
42-51302 (J) 576 CI - N   2-Jan-45 2-Mar-45 MIA 2-Mar-45; See MACR 12854. 22
42-7305 (E) 579     29-Jun-43 16-Jul-43 Transferred to Tucson  
42-100308 (J) 579
(J) 579
(J) 579
EC - M
GC - J
GC - J
Our Gal 9-Feb-44 6-Aug-44 On 15 Apr 1944 at 1300 hours, this plane was part of a three-ship formation and was given landing instructions for runway 19. It peeled off from the formation. While landing, the plane hit some prop wash and the right wing dropped. The pilot hit the throttles but had lost enough altitude that the aircraft's fuselage hit a fence approximately four feet in height about 120 feet from the downwind end of the runway. The plane was able to make a normal landing. Repairs were quickly made by the 465th Sub Depot as it flew the 20 Apr 1944 mission. Declared War Weary and transferred 6-Aug-44 to 445th BG, 702nd BG.  See Nose art. 34
44-49308 (L) 579 GC - D   28-Jan-45   Returned to USA June 1945  See plane. 15
42-50313 (H) 578 EC - W Wabash Cannon Ball 18-Aug-44   Returned to USA June 1945. Received from 492nd BG after 18-Jul-44 per their website.  See Nose art. 91
42-50323 (H) 577 DC - D+ Heaven Can Wait 18-May-44 2-Dec-44 MIA 2-Dec-44; See MACR 11138.   See Nose art. 33
42-100334 (J)   Patches     Transferred about Feb 1944 to 93rd BG. ?
42-50337 (H) 578 EC - O Oombriago 29-Apr-44 31-Dec-44 Crash landed 30 or 31-Dec-44 on the Continent.   See Nose art. 67
42-50338 (H) 578 EC - Q   14-May-44 23-Jun-44 On 10-Jun-44, this plane's brakes failed while it was being taxied to the hangar. Some damage to the #1 prop and left wing resulted. MIA 23-Jun-44; See MACR 6985. 19
43-639 579 LC4 Cub   1-Sep-43 2-Jan-44 Transferred to 20th Combat Wing, Station 104  
42-100340 (J) 578 EC - W Chubby 11-Feb-44 20-Feb-44 Crash landed 20-Feb-44 at Pagleshan, Essex, England. See mission page for 20-Feb-44.   See Nose art. 1
42-51340 (J) 579
(J) 576
GC - M
CI - M
  22-Mar-44 25-Mar-45 Crashed 25-Mar-45 at Skeyton, England after a mid-air collision. See CNLIM for 25-Mar-45. The crew chief was S/Sgt Donald Musselman.   See Plane. 65
42-50343 (H) 579
(H) 579
GC - C
GC - C
Tondelayo 29-Apr-44 20-Jun-44 MIA 20-Jun-44; See MACR 6154.   See Nose art. 20
42-100344 (J) 577 DC- W   8-Feb-44 24-Feb-44 MIA 24-Feb-44. See MACR 2951. 2
42-51345 (J) 577 DC - D+   2-Jan-45 16-Jan-45 Crashed 16-Jan-45 at Ivinghoe, Bedfordshire, England after being abandoned. See mission page for 16-Jan-45. 3
42-100346 (J) 577 CI - P Late Date 2-Feb-44 24-Feb-44 Received extensive battle damage; judged uneconomical to repair. Salvaged at the 392nd BG.   See Nose art. 9
42-51357 (J) 576 CI - J   13-Aug-44   Returned to USA June 1945 56
42-50358 (H) 578 EC - Q Pleasure Bent 6-Aug-44 11-Sep-44 MIA 11-Sep-44; See MACR 8849. This plane was maintained by M/Sgt Ernie Barber. 12
42-100371 (J) 576 CI - F Doodle Bug 27-Feb-44 29-Apr-44 MIA 29-Apr-44; See MACR 4476.   Please see The Berlin Bombing Mission article 14
44-49385 (L) 579 GC - B   28-Jan-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See plane. 15
42-50387 (H) 576 CI - T Birdie Schmidt ARC 31-May-44 15-Feb-45 MIA 15-Feb-45; See MACR 12379. Crew chiefs were Moorehouse and Haluko. The plane was named for Birdie Schmidt, the American Red Cross Program Director at the 392nd BG's AeroClub. See Birdie Schmidt Larrick - The Way It Was. 63
42-50390 (H) 577 DC-A+   5-Jan-45   On 14-Feb-45, her right main landing gear collapsed. Was severely damaged on 20-Mar-45 when strafed by a German intruder plane. Returned to USA June 1945. 22
42-50409 (H) 576 CI - S   31-May-44   Returned to USA June 1945. May have been nicknamed "Section VIII" per a 392nd BG press release;  See Mission page for 23-Jun-44. The crew chief was M/Sgt Fisher. 104
42-52411 (H) 576 CI - B   28-Feb-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-1944; See MACR 3325. This plane was named Jungle Princess II by the Clover crew (who had crashed the first Jungle Princess on 1 Jan 44); they had not yet had her new nose art painted when they were shot down on 18-Mar-44. 5
42-52415 (H) 578
(H) 577
(H) 577
EC - X
DC - S
DC - S+
Fairy Belle II 19-Apr-44 15-Oct-44 Crash landed 15-Oct-44 at Field 56 near Brussels, Belgium; it had to be salvaged. See Mission Summary for 15-Oct-1944.   See Nose art. 58
41-21417 (E) 576     28-May-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to Pueblo.  
41-28423 (E) 579     26-Jun-43 29-Jun-43 Crashed at Alamogordo  
42-5424 (B17F) 579     20-May-43 27-Jun-43 Transferred to 330th BG, Biggs Field  
41-28425 (E) 579     6-Jul-43 11-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
41-29427 (H) 577 DC - U Ready-Willing and Able 19-Mar-44 29-Apr-44 Was originally assigned to the 467th BG but was transferred to the 392nd before flying any missions. Despite extensive battle damage on 29-Apr-44, the plane made it back to Wendling and was in a landing-pattern circuit over the field. At 1522 hours, the plane suddenly exploded and then crashed two miles south of the base, killing the entire crew. See CNLIM, 29-Apr-1944, for Fryman crew.    Please see The Berlin Bombing Mission article 13
41-28429 (E) 579     30-Jun-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot  
42-50430 (H) 577 DC - A Old Standby 8-Jul-44 18-Sep-44 Salvaged Sep-18-44 after the landing gear snapped. See mission summary for 18-Sep-1944.   See Nose art. 23
42-100432 (J) 577 DC - X
DC - X+
  29-Feb-44 7-Jul-44 Crash landed 7-Jul-44 at Newchurch, Kent, England ?
42-50432 (H) 576 CI - F   7-Aug-44 14-Oct-44 Transferred to 392nd from 492nd BG. Crash landed at St. Trond airfield near Brussels, Belgium, on 14-Oct-44 after being hit with flak. The plane was returned to military control and eventually salvaged on 28-Nov-44. 22
41-29433 (H) 576 CI - D   15-Mar-44 29-May-44 Crash landed 29-May-44 at Sporle, northwest of Little Fransham, England. See mission summary for 29-May-1944.   See Plane. 21
42-50433 (H) 579 GC - Q   8-Jul-44 21-Jul-44 MIA 21-Jul-1944; See MACR 7245.   See Plane. 7
42-75434 P-47D (578)     20-Jun-44   Declared War Weary.  
42-50435 (H) 579 GC - P   8-Jul-44 21-Jul-44 MIA 21-Jul-44; See MACR 7246. 1
42-64435 (H) 576 CI - B   30-Dec-43 21-Feb-44 This a/c was flown to England by 2/Lt Guy C. Douglas and crew; they arrived at the 445th BG (Tibenham) on 11 Dec 1943. While Douglas and crew stayed with the 445th, their plane was transferred to the 392nd BG before flying any missions. MIA 21-Feb-44. See MACR 2563. 21
44-40436 (J) 578 EC - P Nancy 12-Oct-44   Transferred to 392nd from 34th BG. Returned to USA June 1945.      See Nose art.. 40
42-50446 (H) 578 EC - R Is This Trip Necessary later J.C. Poolhall 31-May-44 14-Apr-45 Crashed 14-Apr-45 during take off for an operational mission. See CNLIM for 14-Apr-45.   See Plane. 92
41-29448 (H) 579
(H) 579
(H) 577
GC - L
GC - L
DC - L+
Carol Ann 19-Mar-44   Transferred from 579th to 577th Sqdn on 25-Dec-44. Returned to USA June 1945   See Nose art. 73
44-49454 (L) 579 GC - H The Wild Hair 18-Feb-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See Nose art. 6
42-51459 (J) 579 GC - C Lady Diana II 29-Aug-44   Returned to USA June 1945.   See plane. 31
42-95464 (H) 576 CI - F Mary L. 5-Jan-45 11-Feb-45 On 11-Feb-45, exceeded the runway at RAF Foulsham, Norfolk, England and was salvaged. See Mission summary for 11-Feb-45. 6
42-52465 (H) 578 EC - X   11-Feb-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3326. ?
42-7466 (H) 578 EC - N Ford’s Folly 3-Aug-43 11-Sep-44 MIA 11-Sept-44; See MACR 8850. The crew chief was M/Sgt Art Knipe, part of the original cadre and one of the oldest crew chiefs.   See Nose art. 44
42-7467 (H)     31-Jul-43 24-Aug-43 Crashed 24-Aug-43 on a non-operational mission. Took off from Burtonwood Air Depot on a route test flight; crashed at Aspull near Wigan after having been airborne for only 20 minutes, killing 1 of 3 persons onboard (none 392nd). 0
42-7468 (H)     30-Jul-43 30-Aug-43 Crashed 30-Aug-43 near Bold St. Helens while being ferried back to the 392nd after modification at Burtonwood Air Depot. See Mission report for 30-Aug-43. 0
42-7469 (H) 579 EC - E Rose of Juarez 31-Jul-43 8-Apr-44 Crash landed 8-Apr-44 at Wendling, England due to battle damage. See 8-Apr-44 mission page.   See Nose art. 33
42-7470 (H) 579 GC - F Exterminator 30-Jul-43 8-Oct-43 MIA 8-Oct-43. See MACR 879.   See Nose art. 4
42-7471 (H) 579 GC - G Filthy Annie 3-Aug-43 4-Oct-43 MIA 4-Oct-43. See MACR 890.   See Nose art. 3
42-7472 (H) 578
(H) 579
(H) 579
(H) 579
EC - O
GC - F
GC - F
GC - Z
Bull Bat 3-Aug-43 11-Sep-44 Declared War Weary on 27-Aug-44; transferred to Warton on 11-Sep-44. The incident likely happened 8-Feb-44; her next mission was on 25-Apr-44. See the 465th Sub Depot history for April 1944 and the mission page for 8-Feb-44.   See plane. 80
42-7473 (H) 579 EC - J   21-Aug-43 6-Mar-44 The day after this plane arrived at the 392nd in Tucson, the crew had to make a forced landing due to mechanical failure.  See 22-Aug-43.  Transferred from the 576th to the 579th Sqdn on 22-Dec-43. On 6-Mar-44, the ship hit a tree and crashed just after take-off at Church Farm, Great Dunham, England. See CNLIM for 6-Mar-44. 15
41-29474 (H) 579 GC - M   22-Mar-44 19-May-44 MIA 19-May-44; See MACR 4936. 11
42-7474 (H) 579 GC - H Satan's Flame 31-Jul-43 4-Oct-43 MIA 4-Oct-43. See MACR 891. 3
41-29476 (H) 576 CI - H Gashouse Gus 9-Aug-44 24-Mar-45 Crash landed 24-Mar-45 in Belgium. See mission page for 24-Mar-45. The crew chief was Sgt Joseph D. Farinelli.   See Nose art. 32
42-7477 (H) 579 CI - J The Drip 3-Aug-43 5-Nov-43 MIA 5-Nov-43. See MACR 1165. The wreckage was found in 2008 in the North Sea about 650 feet off the coast of Holland.   See plane. 2
42-78477 (J) 578 EC - D Miss Minnie II 16-Jun-44   Returned to USA June 1945. This ship was named after pilot 1/Lt Paul B. Henderson's sweetheart, who eventually became his wife. The original Miss Minnie was named in the states but after the crew landed in England it was assigned to a different bomb group. The crew chief was Sgt Delmer G. McCulley.   See plane. 90
42-7478 (H) 578 EC - P Flying Crusader 6-Aug-43 9-Oct-44 Crashed 9-Oct-44 at West Bradenham, near Wendling, England, during a non-operational flight. See CNLIM for 9-Oct-44.   See plane. 82
42-7479 (H) 577 DC - O War Horse 10-Aug-43 4-Jan-44 On 1-Oct-43, the plane had a take-off accident; the nose wheel collapsed and the plane rolled on the main landing gear and the nose surface for about 400 yards. MIA 4-Jan-44. See MACR 1909. The "Marcy" painted on the plane refers to Margaret Meen, about 6 or 7 at the time, who would walk up to Honey Pot Wood and talk to the GIs.   See Nose art. 16
42-7480 (H) 578 EC - Q My Diversion 3-Aug-43 9-Feb-44 On 9-Feb-44, this plane was returning from an operational mission that was recalled. Fully loaded with gas and bombs, it had a landing accident. It was salvaged. See the mission summary for 9-Feb-44.   See Nose art. 28
42-78480 (J) 576 CI - B I'll Get By 7-Jul-44 16-Jan-45 Crash landed 16-Jan-45 near Armentieres, France, being low on fuel. The crew chief was M/Sgt David S. Cooper.   See plane. 53
42-7481 (H) 579 GC - K Whiskers 30-Jul-43 4-Oct-43 MIA 4-Oct-43. See MACR 892. 5
41-28481 (E) 579     29-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-7482 (H) 577 DC - P Shack Rat 10-Aug-43 4-Jan-44 MIA 4-Jan-44. See MACR 1908.   See Nose art. 13
42-7483 (H) 578 EC - R Big Dog 6-Aug-43 13-Nov-43 MIA 13-Nov-43. See MACR 1553.   See plane. 5
42-7484 (H) 579 GC - L Sally Ann 31-Jul-43 29-Jan-44 MIA 29-Jan-44. See MACR 2548.   See plane 19
41-29485 (H) 578 EC - ?   19-Mar-44 9-Apr-44 Lost in mid-air collision 9-Apr-44 with a 389th BG ship over Dereham, Norfolk England. See CNLIM for 9-Apr-44.  
42-7485 (H) 577
(H) 578
DC - Q
EC - O
Alfred 15-Aug-43 4-Jan-44 Was named by the Layton crew after the cartoons in Collier’s magazine depicting a none too smart swabbie named “Alfred”. Crash landed 4-Jan-44 at Pretty Corner, Sheringham, England. See CNLIM for 4-Jan-44. T/Sgt Marion H. Derey was the crew chief.   See Nose art. 16
42-7486 (H) 578 CI - V The Shark 6-Aug-43 18-Nov-43 MIA 18-Nov-43. See MACR 1503. The nose art was painted between 11 and 17 Sep 1943 when the plane was grounded with leaky fuel cells. A Cpl in Ordnance named Olson painted both the nose art and the crew's A-2 jackets.   See Nose art. 10
42-7487 (H) 576 CI - B Million $ Baby 18-Aug-43 4-Jan-44 MIA 4-Jan-44. See MACR 1907.   See Nose art. 14
42-7488 (H) 578 EC - S Hellzadroppin 6-Aug-43 8-Oct-43 MIA 8-Oct-43. See MACR 880. This plane was maintained by M/Sgt Ernie Barber. 6
42-50489 (J) 576 CI - G   29-Sep-44 16-Jan-45 Crashed 16-Jan-45 in France after being abandoned. See mission summary and CNLIM for 16-Jan-45. The crew chief was named Larson. 36
42-7489 (H) 577
(H) 578
CI - Q
EC - T
Malfunction 6-Aug-43 5-Mar-44 Ditched 5-Mar-44 in the English Channel. See MACR 3585. 32
42-7490 (H) 578 EC - U Big Ass Bird 6-Aug-43 5-Nov-43 MIA 5-Nov-43. See MACR 1163.   See plane   See sketch of nose art 7
42-7491 (H) 577
(H) 578
DC - R Pregnant Peg 10-Aug-43 3-Mar-44 On 31-Oct-1943 the Copp crew crash-landed it near the village of Ashill; the nose wheel broke when it hit the bank at the side of the road. A 1,500 ft runway was built and the plane was flown to the 3rd SAD at Watton for repair. She was then transferred to the 578th Sqdn. MIA 3-Mar-44; See MACR 2800.   #491 had different nose art on each side; see pilot side and copilot side. 4
42-7492 (H) 576 CI - M Hell Wagon 16-Aug-43 10-Jun-44 Declared War Weary and transferred 10-Aug-44 to Watton.   See nose art 35
42-7493 (H) 577 CI - S Gregory the Great 8-Aug-43 26-Nov-43 MIA 26-Nov-43. The plane was named after the infant son of its first bombardier, 2/Lt William L. Yarbrough Jr. See MACR 1494 and Bolick crew nose art photo. 7
44-50493 (M) 578 EC - C Dugan 10-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See nose art 28
42-7495 (H) 577
(H) 577
DC - T
DC - T+
Axis Grinder   11-Sep-44 Declared War Weary on 27 Aug 1944; transferred to Warton on 11-Sep-44.   See plane 55
44-10495 (J) 579
(J) 578
GC - S
EC - H
Short Snorter II 3-Aug-44   Transferred from 579th to 578th Sqdn on 20-Dec-44. Returned to USA June 1945   See nose art 118
42-7496 (H) 577 CI - U The Jinx 15-Aug-43 24-Feb-44 MIA 24-Feb-44. See MACR 2946.   See nose art 16
42-7497 (H) 577 CI - N Old Daddy 1-Sep-43 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3322. 20
42-7500 (H) 576 GC - D Sky Queen 16-Aug-43 20-Dec-43 MIA 20-Dec-43. See MACR 1734.   See nose art 9
42-7501 (H) 576 CI - A   18-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred October 1943 to 44th BG. 0
42-7502 (H) 578 EC - X Bakadori 18-Sep-43 18-Nov-43 Landed 18-Nov-43 at Orebro, Sweden, due to fighter damage. See MACR 1504.  See plane This plane was maintained by M/Sgt Ernie Barber. 32
42-7503 (H) 577 GC - V Miss America 8-Aug-43 13-Nov-43 MIA 13-Nov-43. See MACR 1552.   See nose art 5
41-29505 (H) 577 CI - ?       Although initially assigned to the 392nd BG, this plane was transferred to the 486th BG before arrival.  
42-73505 (J) 577 DC - S Fairy Belle 19-Jan-44 8-Apr-44 Crashed 8-Apr-44 at Sidestrand, England after aborting over enemy territory due to mechanical problems. See CNLIM for 8-Apr-44.   See nose art 30
44-50505 (M) 576     22-Mar-45      
42-7506 (H) 576 CI - C Southern Comfort 16-Aug-43 11-Dec-43 MIA 11-Dec-43. See MACR 1733.   See nose art 7
42-7507 (H) 576 CI - K Heaven Can Wait 18-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred to 44th BG before flying any missions.   See nose art 0
42-95507 (J) 577 DC - P+ Lady Doris 24-Feb-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See nose art 29
41-29509 (H) 578 EC - A Knuckle Head 6-Apr-44 27-Apr-44 Crashed 27-Apr-44 at Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England; See MACR 5215. 9
42-7509 (H) 577 DC - Y Gallivantin' Gal 21-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred to 44th BG. 0
42-7510 (H) 579 GC - C El Lobo 18-Sep-43 29-Apr-44 The tail turret was cut off during the mission to Bremen on 20-Dec-43; See CNLIM in 20-Dec-43. MIA on 29-Apr-44; See MACR 4461.   Please see The Berlin Bombing Mission article   See nose art 38
41-29511 (H) 576
(H) 579
(H) 578
CI - C
GC - B
EC - Y
Sweet Eloise (or perhaps just Eloise) 21-Mar-44   Returned to USA June 1945.   See nose art pilot side   See nose art copilot side 150
42-7511 (H) 576 CI - L   18-Sep-43 24-Feb-44 MIA 24-Feb-44. See MACR 2947. During an operational mission on 3 Oct1944, the #1 engine ran out of oil and was feathered. With fuel running low, the plane made an emergency landing at RAF Mepal in Cambridgeshire. The a/c was parked on a hard surface in front of the Hangar; the pilot was later asked to move it to a dispersal. In pulling away from the hanger, the a/c had to go over a grass area and the left wheel mired down. The pilot cut the engines and got out to take a look at it. The crew chief (who had arrived from Wendling) put some men in the tail and straightened the nose wheel. He then suggested "pouring the coal" to the three engines and hitting the right brake. In doing this the #3 and #4 engines overpowered the #2 engine, skidding the nose wheel to the left. It collapsed, damaging the nose section. 32
42-52517 (H) 578
(H) 579
EC - U
GC - U
Model T 20-Mar-44 7-Jul-44 Transferred to the 392nd/578th Sqdn from the 467th BG. Transferred to 579th Sqdn in June 1944. MIA 7-Jul-44; See MACR 7370.   See nose art 27
42-7518 (H) 578 EC - S Push Over later became Hard To Get 4-Dec-43 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3323. This plane was maintained by M/Sgt Ernie Barber. Per Clayton Whisman's diary (asst crew chief) for 18-Mar-44, "Davis, Roy of Tenn. A waist gunner asked me to paint "Wahoo" on ship. Was going to when the ship came back but--" 33
42-51519 (J) 577
(J) 579
(J) 579
DC - B+
GC - E
GC - J
  17-Sep-44   Return to USA June 1945  See plane 35
42-7521 (H) 577 CI - X Poop Deck Pappy 18-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred Oct 1943 to 44th BG   See nose art 0
42-7522 (H) 576 CI - J Southern Comfort II 18-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred Oct 1943 to 44th BG 0
44-10522 (J) 578 EC - O       Returned to USA June 1945 0
44-50522 (M) 577 DC - F+   22-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945 12
42-7523 (E) 579     26-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-52524 (H) 785 2U - D+ The Lemon     Crash landed 18-Sep-44 at Brussels, Belgium (On Loan from 466thBG to 576th BS.) ?
42-7524 (M) 576 CI - E The Hell Cat 21-Aug-43 8-Dec-43 While returning from a non-operational mission to slow time the #2 engine, the brakes failed upon landing. The plane ran off the end of the runway, seriously damaging the ship. Two thirds of the aircraft was salvaged. See page at 7-Dec-43 9
41-29527 (H) 576 CI - G Foxy Phoebe 13-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945. May have originally belonged to 487th BG as she's listed on their website (www.487thbg.org)   See nose art 5
42-50527 (M) 576 CI - Q Hazee     Returned to USA June 1945. Transferred from 453rd BG (732 BS) after 10-Apr-45; flew 9 missions with 453rd, just 1 with 392nd. (Per http://tinpan.fortunecity.com/aprilskies/264/planes.html#s732 and b24bestweb.com) See nose art 1
42-7527 (H) 576 CI - F Black Widow 22-Aug-43 24-Feb-44 MIA 24-Feb-44. See MACR 2948 and link to 465th sub depot history for February 1944 that talks about repairing her. The crew chief was M/Sgt Edward L. Falada.   See plane 12
42-7528 (H) 576     22-Aug-43 25-Aug-43 This plane crashed near LeCompton, Kansas, while on a training and calibration mission.   See 25-Aug-43.  
44-10528 (J) 579
(J)576
GC - H
CI - F
  17-Sep-44 31-Dec-44 Transferred from 579th to 576th Sqdn in Nov 1944. Crash landed 31-Dec-44 at Beetley, Norfolk, England. Radio operator Sgt Richard Spades later recalled, “We were attacked by enemy fighter planes. We had lost fuel but made it back to Wendling. In our landing approach a smaller plane cut in front of us and to avert collision, Blakeley nosed upward and re-circled the field. We didn’t make it as all engines failed. We were headed nose first into the ground when the plane with Blakeley’s help righted itself as we hit the ground. We all walked away without sustaining major injuries. Per Olin Levell's records, the crew chief was M/Sgt Buford J. Reynolds. 33
42-7529 (H) 579 GC - D Coral Princess 18-Sep-43 20-Feb-44 Exploded 20-Feb-44 in mid-air over Manston, Kent, England. See CNLIM   See nose art 20
42-7303 (E) 579     28-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-7533 (H) 576 CI - H   15-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred October 1943 to the 44th BG 0
42-7535 (H) 579 GC - A Peep Sight 23-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred October 1943 to the 44th BG 0
42-7536 (H) 578 EC - O The Banshee 26-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred 7-Oct-43 to the 44th BG. Per pilot/copilot Lou Stephens, pilot Jack Nolan was left in Iceland; a different pilot was assigned to fly the plane to England. Once they got to the 392nd, he disappeared and they got Floyd A. George from the Fletcher crew as their new pilot. Plane was transferred to the 44th BG after the "pilotless" crew got it to Prestwick, Scotland.   See nose art 0
42-7537 (H) 576 CI - G Jungle Princess 30-Aug-43 31-Dec-43 On 31-Dec-43, crash landed at Swanton Morley, England. See mission summary 31-Dec-43. 12
42-7540 (H) 576 CI - A Crew Chief 21-Aug-43 13-Nov-43 MIA 13-Nov-43. See MACR 1551. This plane was named by 576th Sqdn pilot 1/Lt John R. Becker to honor his ground crew and to show his appreciation for their fine work.   See nose art 6
44-50542 (M) 579 EC B Agony Wagon 9-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See nose art 15
42-7543 (H) 392 GC-B Georgie Bell 18-Sep-43 5-Nov-43 MIA 5-Nov-43. See MACR 1164. 2
42-52544 (H) 579
(H) 577
EC - A
DC - K+
Able Mabel 20-Mar-44 12-Oct-44 Declared War Weary on 18-Sep-44 and transferred 12-Oct-44 to Greencastle, N. Ireland   See nose art 76
42-7544 (H) 577 N   23-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred November 1943 to the 44th BG 0
42-7545 (H) 578 Y   9/40/43 5-Oct-43 Transferred November 1943 to the 44th BG 0
44-50545 (M) 576 CI - C   8-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See plane 20
42-7546 (H) 577 DC - P Alfred II 24-Sep-43 29-Apr-44 Crashed 29-Apr-44 at Walcott, Norfolk, England after being abandoned. See CNLIM 29-Apr-44 and The Berlin Bombing Mission article.   See nose art 49
42-7547 (H) 578 W   18-Sep-43 15-Oct-43 Transferred November 1943 to the 44th BG, 67th BS. 0
42-52548 (H) 578 EC - S Jaw-Ja Boy 19-Mar-44 9-Sep-44 MIA 9-Sep-44; See MACR 8603. This plane was maintained by M/Sgt Ernie Barber and Sgt Clayton Whisman, who wrote in his diary "Love that old beatup airplane. Sailors talk about their ship but S-Bar is my true love!"   See nose art 45
42-7548 (H) 578 N   28-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred to 44th Bomb Group 0
42-7549 (H) 579 M The Shark 21-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred October 1943 to the 44th BG, 67th BS.   See nose art 0
42-40549 577     8-Oct-43 3-Nov-43 Transferred to Burtonwood  
42-7551 (H) 579 H The Jinx     Transferred 7-Oct-43 to the 44th BG before flying any missions. Crash-landed 13-Jan-44. 0
42-40551 578     8-Oct-43 14-Dec-43 Transferred to Burtonwood  
41-29552 (H) 579 GC - D Bronko Nagurski 30-Mar-44 11-May-44 The plane was named in honor of legendary University of Minnesota and Chicago Bears football player Bronko Nagurski. The crew that named the plane went on to the 44th BG while the plane went to the 392ndBG. Her nose wheel collapsed during take-off on 11-May-44.   See nose art 11
42-7552 (H) 576 B Lil Cookie 18-Sep-43 5-Oct-43 Transferred October 1943 to the 44th BG. B24bw says name was Lil Cookie; no name in our records. A/c 552 flew 23-Sep-43 w/ 579th; might have been this 552 since all other flights for a 552 were in April and May, presumably Bronko.   See nose art 0
42-7556 (H) 577
(H) 579
DC - W
GC - G
Exterminator II 13-Sep-43 5-Dec-43 While being loaded with bombs for the mission on 5-Dec-43, this ship caught fire on its hardstand. The bombs stacked under its wings exploded and the plane was completely destroyed.   See nose art 5
41-29560 (H) 579 GC - H Rat Poison 17-Oct-44 1-Jan-45 Transferred from 579th to 577th on 18-Dec-44. Crash landed 1-Jan-45 in a cornfield near Mons, Belgium, 6 miles from Harveng. See Mission Summary 1-Jan-45   See nose art 5
42-7560 (H) 576 CI - G Blanid's Baby (pilot's side) and Little Joe (copilot's side) 4-Jan-44 29-Oct-44 Designated War Weary on 30-Jul-44. Suffered a take-off accident on 29-Oct-44 at Wendling, England, during a practice mission. On the take-off, the pilot could not pull the stick back due to binding elevator controls. Power was cut and brakes applied, but a/c went off the end of Runway 01 into a field, hitting a ditch about 300 yards from the end of the runway. The ditch was about two feet wide with a bank about three feet high on the far side. The nose wheel collapsed and the landing gear buckled. The a/c slid to a stop approximately 50 feet beyond the ditch, damaged beyond repair. The nose art photo shows the name "Blanid's Baby" on the pilot's side while the crash photo shows the name "Little Joe" on the copilot's side.   See nose art 34
42-7561 (H) 579 GC - A Mac's Sack II 17-Sep-43 13-Nov-43 MIA 13-Nov-43. See MACR 1554. 16
44-50568 (M) 578 EC - E Fearless Fosdick 10-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See plane   See nose art 18
42-7570 (H) 579 GC - A Our Baby 20-Dec-43 2-Feb-44 MIA 2-Feb-44. See MACR 2531.   See plane 9
42-50571 (J) 578 EC - G Dirty Gertie & My Achin' Back 21-Apr-45   Returned to USA June 1945. This plane was maintained by M/Sgt Ernie Barber. This plane may have had both names. Pilot Side (Dirty Gertie)   Copilot Side (My Achin' Back) 0
44-50571 (M) 576 CI - P   22-Mar-45   Return to USA June 1945 12
44-49577 (L) 579 GC - L The Gremlin's Roost 20-Feb-45   Returned to USA June 1945 8
42-7285 (E) 5779     28-Jun-43 7-Aug-43 Transferred to Topeka  
42-50586 (J) 579 GC - U   8-Jun-44 20-Jun-44 MIA 20-Jun-44; See MACR 6155. 6
42-7588 (H) 578 EC - R   4-Dec-43 30-Dec-43 On 4-Dec-43, the pilot landed this plane on runway 08 going northeast. He proceeded to the end of the runway and turned right to taxi to the dispersal area. While taxiing the ship, the #4 propeller hit the roof of a civilian vehicle, cutting into the roof. No one was inside the vehicle at the time. MIA 30-Dec-43. See MACR 1677. 2
44-50589 (M) 576 CI - F   10-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945 15
42-50593 (J) 579 GC - R Lady Diana 8-Jul-44 11-Sep-44 MIA 11-Sep-44; See MACR 8851.   See nose art 25
42-52593 (H) 576 CI - B   19-Mar-44 9-Apr-44 Crash-landed 9-Apr-44 at Beccles, England. 6
42-7596 (H) 578 EC - U Sheila 19-Dec-43 7-Jan-44 Crash landed 7-Jan-44 at Wendling, England upon return from mission. The pilot landed too fast and too far down the runway. The plane ran off the runway and through a ditch, causing the right gear to collapse. It had to be salvaged. Sheila originally belonged to the 44th BG, 701st Sqdn. 7
42-7598 (H) 576 CI - E The Flak Ducker 18-Dec-43 6-Mar-44 MIA 6-Mar-44; See MACR 3183.   See nose art 19
42-7599 (H) 579 EC - B Mack's Sack III 16-Nov-43 8-Apr-44 MIA 8-Apr-44; See MACR 3945. 29
42-50604 (H) 577 DC - B+   8-Jul-44 6-Aug-44 MIA 6-Aug-44; See MACR 7390.   See nose art 5
42-52604 (H) 578 EC - Y   15-Mar-44 29-May-44 MIA 29-May-44; See MACR 5214. 12
42-52605 (H) 579 GC - J   11-Mar-44 22-Apr-44 MIA 22-Apr-44; See MACR 4171. 2
42-7605 (H) 578 EC - T   19-Dec-43 31-Dec-43 MIA 31-Dec-43. See MACR 1676. 1
42-52607 (H) 577 DC - V+   6-Aug-44 8-Sep-44 MIA 8-Sep-44; See MACR 8604. 2
41-29608 (H) 579 GC - N   6-May-44 20-Oct-44 On 24-Aug-44, the plane was being flown on local operations on an airspeed calibration mission. While taxiing the aircraft on the perimeter runway, the #4 prop sliced through the roof of the jeep, breaking a piece of the metal framework which was then thrown by the prop into the side of the fuselage. Many wire leads to the radio equipment were severed and the #4 prop was damaged. It also had a taxiing accident on 19-Oct-44 (see photo).   The a/c was scheduled to take off at 1920 hours on Runway 31 on a practice mission.   Due to darkness, the a/c was only visible to Flying Control by its navigation lights. After starting his takeoff, the a/c contacted the Control Tower that he was unable to take off. While still transmitting the message radio contact was abruptly cut off and all visible lights went out. Upon sending the Alert Crew out to locate the aircraft, it was discovered that the a/c had turned left onto Runway 26; the pilot said he had turned off at the first intersection to clear the runway as soon as possible. The plane then taxied through three bays of fresh cement (15 ft. wide and 56 ft. long), newly laid during the day. After the left main gear wheel and nose wheel had run through the cement, the nose wheel was sheared off when it hit the existing edge of the concrete bay. The a/c then came down on its nose, causing considerable damage to the nose section and fuselage. 40
42-50615 (J) 576 CI - D       Battle-damaged during mission to Oberpfaffenhofen on 21-Jul-44. The crew bailed out over England and the aircraft crashed near Old Buckenham Airfield, Norfolk (453rd BG). 7
42-52615 (H) 579 GC - H Sally Ann II 30-Mar-44 11-Sep-44 Ditched 11-Sep-44; See MACR 9811.   See nose art 36
41-28617 (H) 576 GC - B   30-Mar-44 15-Oct-44 Declared War Weary on 18-Sep-44 and transferred 15-Oct-44 to Greencastle, N. Ireland 31
42-7618 (H) 577     3-Oct-43 5-Oct-44 Transferred to 44th Bomb Group  
42-50623 (J) 579
(J) 578
GC - O
EC - N
Idiot's Delight or Ediot's Delight 8-Jul-44 28-Dec-44 MIA 28-Dec-44; See MACR 11118. 82
42-7624 (H) 578 EC - Z Flying 8 Ball 17-Nov-43 9-Mar-44 Crash landed 9-Mar-44 at Beccles, England. Pilot 1/Lt James Muldoon was awarded the DFC for his skill in bringing the badly damaged plane back to the UK.   See nose art 32
42-7626 (H) 579 GC - B Ramblin' Okie, later Liberty Belle 2-Oct-43 13-Dec-43 Ditched in the North Sea on 13-Dec-43. See MACR 1732. 9
42-50636 (J) 579
(J) 578
(J) 578
GC - O
EC - X
EC - V
  12-Oct-44 27-Feb-45 Transferred from 579th to 578th Sqdn. Crashed 27-Feb-45 on the Continent, (21-Mar-45 transf to SBD) 50
42-7637 (H) 577 DC - S The Queen of Peace 4-Dec-43 4-Jan-44 Interned 4-Jan-44 at Smedstorp, Sweden. See MACR 1910. Per the Fall 1996 issue of the 2ADA Journal, pilot 1/Lt Robert L. Egan named her; it had something to do with a commitment Egan made to his mother before going overseas. He had the ship christened by Father McDonough, Catholic chaplain at Wendling. 7
42-52639 (H) 576
(H) 577
CI - R
DC - K+
  5-Aug-44 28-May-45 Declared War Weary on 18-Sep-44. Had a landing accident on 15-Jan-45. Eventually salvaged by 3rd Strategic Air Depot. 7
42-52642 (H) 577
(H) 577
DC - Q
DC - Q+
Short Round 15-Mar-44 9-Oct-44 Crash landed 9-Oct-44 at Wendling England; the left landing gear was not locked down and collapsed on touch-down. The catwalk was torn out. 33
42-7646 (H) 577 B       Transferred 12-Dec-43 to the 482nd BG ?
42-50647 (J) 579
(J) 577
(J) 576
GC - A
DC - Q+
CI - M
Liberty Belle 22-Jul-44   Transferred from 577th to 576th Sqdn 8 April 1944. Returned to USA June 1945   Liberty Belle 56
42-52649 (H) 577 DC N
DC - N+
Pregnant Peg II 19-Mar-44 30-Jul-44 "On 30 July 1944, while on a practice mission, pilot 2/Lt Whiteaker peeled off from the formation and lowered the landing gear. When checked, the diagonal brace was broken. Instructions were given by the tower at Wendling to land at Station 376 (Watton). Landing was made on a rough grassy area. Whiteaker managed to keep the airplane straight until the right wheel buckled inwards after hitting a large hole. Thereupon the right wing went down, turning the airplane to the right and damaging it beyond economical repair."   See nose art 26
42-50650 (J) 576 CI - E   1-Jul-44   Returned to USA June 1945; per Olin Levell's records, the crew chief was M/Sgt Joseph J. Jackson.   See plane 87
41-28651 (H) 576 CI - C   25-Feb-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3324. 9
42-52654 (H) 579 GC - J Nightlife Nellie     MIA 11-Apr-44; See MACR 3934. 5
42-7658 (H) 577 DC - O Poco Loco 5-Jan-44 24-Feb-44 MIA 24-Feb-44. See MACR 2949.   See nose art 14
42-50659 (J) 576 CI - D Yankee Doodit 22-Jul-44 15-Mar-45 Ditched 15-Mar-45; See MACR 14178. The crew chief was M/Sgt Berman Fausnaugh.   See nose art 68
44-50663 (M) 579 GC - S   8-Apr-45   Returned to USA June 1945 0
42-50670 (H) 576
(H) 579
CI - K
GC - K
  18-Aug-44   Returned to USA June 1945 36
42-52670 (H) 576 CI - L   14-Mar-44 16-Jun-44 On 16-Jun-44, this plane was on a non-operational mission to slow time an engine. The plane was cleared to fly from Wendling to Barkston Heath, Lincolnshire. The pilot came in on the wrong runway at Station 483; he overshot and ended up on the nose. The pilot stated that his compass was off and he had bad brakes. No one was hurt. 23
44-50671 (M) 579 GC - R Frosty 8-Apr-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See nose art 0
42-50673 (J) 579 GC - K   17-Sep-44 18-Sep-44 MIA 18-Sept-44; See MACR 10660. 1
44-50684 (M) 579 GC - P The Wild Hair 5-Apr-45   Returned to USA June 1945 0
41-28688 (M) 578 EC - Q   8-Mar-44 24-Apr-44 MIA 24-Apr-44; See MACR 4362. 18
41-23689 (D) 579 GC - X Minerva 30-Aug-43 12-Sep-44 Was originally assigned to the 93rd BG. On 13-Nov-43, had a take-off accident. About halfway down the runway the manifold pressure on 2 engines dropped and the a/c could not take off. The ship went across a road at the end of the runway and out into a field, striking a pole with major damage to aircraft. She served as the 392nd's assembly ship. Declared War Weary and transferred to Warton.   See nose art  
41-28692 (H) 576 CI - J   8-Feb-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3318. 10
42-50697 (J) 579
(J) 577
GC - D
DC - D+
We'll Get By 7-Jul-44   Transferred from the 579th to the 577th Sqdn, then in May 1945 to the 467th BG. Photos dropping bombs and nose art attached. 70
41-28700 (H) 577 DC - S+ YMCA Flying Service 12-Aug-44 4-Feb-45 Transferred February 1945 to the 492 BG (per May 96 NEWS)   See nose art 8
42-52704 (H) 577 DC - P Son of Satan II 19-Mar-44 18-Apr-44 MIA 18-Apr-44; See MACR 4053. 5
42-50709 (J) 579
(J) 576
GC - P
CI - E
E for Easy 16-Oct-44 24-Mar-45 This aircraft had a landing accident upon return from the mission of 3-Feb-45.   MIA 24-Mar-45; See MACR 14177. 38
42-50710 (J) 576 CI - N       Transferred to the 445th BG before September 1944. 15
41-28731 (H) 576 CI - V   1-Jun-44 5-Jul-44 Transferred from the 467th BG before flying any missions. Crashed 5-Jul-44 after mid-air collision during a practice mission. 7
41-28742 (H) 579 GC - A Old Glory 15-?-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3319. The Books crew had decided to call it "Old Glory" but it was shot down before any nose art could be painted. 1
44-50753 (M) 577 DC Q+ Short Round II 22-Mar-45   Returned to USA June 1945 20
42-52754 (H) 577 DC - ?   19-Mar-44 11-Apr-44 MIA 11-Apr-44; See MACR 3935. ?
42-50758 (J) 579
(J) 577
GC - C
DC - W+
YMCA Flying Service 5-Jul-44 12-Sep-44 Two crewmen bailed out on 13-Jul-44 and were killed; See MACR 7840. MIA 12-Sep-44; See MACR 8852.    See Nose Art 37
41-28759 (M) 577 DC - V+   19-Mar-44 29-Apr-44 MIA 29-Apr-44; See MACR 4462.   Please see The Berlin Bombing Mission article 4
42-94764 (H) 578 EC - N Bad Penny 30-Mar-44 11-Sep-44 Crash landed 12-Sep-44 Manston, Kent, England, while on a non-operational flight   See nose art 61
42-52770 (H) 576 CI - V Ruptured Duck 27-Jan-45   Returned to USA June 1945   See nose art   See plane 91
41-28772 (H) 578 EC - Q El Capitan 12-Sep-44   Transferred from 579th to 578th, likely after 18-Sep-44. Returned to USA June 1945   See nose art 40
42-94772 (H) 576 CI - J   18-Mar-44 7-Jul-44 MIA 7-Jul-44; See MACR 7371. 30
41-28783 (H) 579     7-Aug-44 8-Aug-44 Transferred to the 44th BG.  
42-50785 (J) 577 DC - N+   13-Aug-44 2-Dec-44 MIA 2-Dec-44; See MACR 11139. 16
42-63787 579 DAS   9-Oct-43 5-Nov-43 Transferred to 482nd BG at Alconbury  
41-28788 (M) 578
(M) 579
EC - E
GC - F
I'll Be Back 8-Aug-44   Returned to USA June 1945 27
42-109789 (J) 579 GC - G Mairzy Doats 22-Mar-44 6-Aug-44 Two men bailed out on 12-Apr-44 and were killed; See MACR 4379. Transferred to 445th or 492nd BGs.   See plane 50
44-40789 (J) 579     5-Jul-44 7-Jul-44 Transferred to Station 505  
42-109792 (?) 579 GC - N Wicket Widget III     Transfered to 389 BG, returned to USA June 1945  
42-50792 (J) 579
(J) 577
GC - N
DC - S+
Bomb Boogie (Tail Wind?) 27-Oct-44   Returned to USA June 45   See nose art 53
41-28801 (H) 579 GC - Q   18-Nov-44 26-May-45 Transferred May 26, 45 to the 467th or 446th BG 7
42-50804 (J) 578 EC - T Pleasant Surprise II 2-Jan-45 25-Mar-45 Crashed 25-Mar-45 mid-air collision during assembly over Hall Farm, Buxton Lamas, England 28
42-50813 (J) 577 DC - Q+
DC - V+
  17-Sep-44 16-Jan-45 Crash landed 16-Jan-45 near Luneville France 42
42-109814 (J) 579 GC - D Jive Bomber 2-Mar-44 26-Mar-44 MIA 26-Mar-44; See MACR 3486.   See nose art 11
42-109824 (J) 577 DC - W The Arsenal 28-Feb-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3330. 5
42-109826 (J) 577 DC - U Late Date II 27-Feb-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3331. 6
41-11828 (D) 577     24-Feb-43 26-Mar-43 Transferred to Davis-Monthan Field.  
41-28829 (H) 578 EC - (?) My Everlovin' Gal     Transferred (?) to 44th BG (prior to Apr 9, 44)     See nose art ?
42-109835 (J) 576 CI - H   28-Feb-44 11-Apr-44 MIA 11-Apr-44; See MACR 3936. 7
42-94838 (H) 578 EC - X Rebel Gal 15-Nov-44   Per b24bestweb, was "One of the original 489th BG aircraft and of its 89 sorties, 72 were flown with the 489th." Returned to USA June, 45   See nose art 89
41-28841 (H) 577 DC - Z+ The Philly Filly 27-Jan-45 9-Feb-45 MIA 9-Feb-45; See MACR 12216. Oddly enough, the number on the hull is 433.   See nose art 1
41-28852 (H) 578 EC - Y   30-Mar-44 16-Oct-44 Declared War Weary 18-Sep-44. Transferred sometime prior to 16-Jan-45 to maintenance depot; transferred to SNBD on 29-May-45. Mentioned in 465th Sub Depot history. 37
42-50861 (J) 577 DC - S+   27-Oct-44 29-Dec-44 Crash landed on the Continent, 29-Dec-44 16
41-23865 (D) 579     24-Feb-43 26-Mar-43 Per 579th history, #865 was the 579th's first plane, being received in Feb. 1943. Transferred to Davis-Monthan Field.  
42-94867 (H) 577
(H) 577
DC - R
DC - R+
  23-Apr-44 2-Dec-44 MIA 2-Dec-44; See MACR 11142. 30
42-50868 (J) 577 DC X+   2-Jan-45 28-Jan-45 MIA 28-Jan-45; See MACR 11996. 6
41-11871 (D) 578     12-Jun-43 24-Jun-43 Transferred to Sub Depot Demming, NM  
41-28875 (H) 577
(H) 577
DC - D+
DC - R+
Heavenly Body 8-Dec-44 24-Mar-45 Overshot runway when landing on 24-Mar-45 and was salvaged. 109
42-94886 (H) 787 6L - U No Feathered Injun     MIA 18-Sep-44; See MACR 10120. ON Loan from 466th BG to 579th Sqdn.   See nose art ?
44-49886 (L) 579 GC - M   26-Feb-45   Returned to USA June 1945 4
41-28891 (?) 579 EC-L       June 1945 returned to US  
42-109896 (J) 578 EC - W Gypsy Queen 18-Mar-44 9-Aug-44 Transferred to 453rd BG   See nose art 46
42-94897 (H) 579
(H) 576
GC - E
CI - M
Big Time Operator 1-May-44   Declared War Weary on 18-Sep-44; transferred to the 576th Sqdn on 18-Nov-44. Crash landed 6-Dec-1944 at Wendling, England during a non-operational mission. The crew chief was M/Sgt Arthur Madonna.   See nose art 71
42-94898 (H) 577 DC - N+ Marion later, Terri Ann 9-Dec-44   According to an article in the Spring 2003 issue of the 2nd Air Division Assn Journal, #42-94898 was originally assigned to the 489th Bomb Group. She arrived in Prestwick, Scotland, on 3-May-44 and flew her first mission on 31 May. On 18-Sep-44, she flew the low-level supply mission to Groesbeck, Holland; it was "shot up pretty bad, lost one engine, most of the hydraulics, and had several severed control cables. We overcame the control cable problem and landed on the emergency field at Woodbridge, England. The plane was repaired and returned to the 489th." The 489th flew its last mission on 10-Nov-44 and was returned to the States to take B-29 training and eventually be sent to the Pacific. Most of the 489th planes were then sent to the 392nd BG, including #898. While at the 392nd, nose art depicting a beautiful girl was added to the left side. At one time, she was named "Marion,", and then "Terri Ann." She suffered a take-off accident on 20-Feb-45. She survived the war and was flown back to the US on June 1, 1945 with 2/Lt Myers of the 577th Sqdn as pilot. She was taken first to Willow Run and there was declared excess. Her last flight was to Altus, Oklahoma on September 12, 1945; on October 24, 1945 she was scrapped.   See nose art 26
41-28899 (H) 576 CI - ?       Crashed in UK, 28-Dec-44 ?
42-51899 (J) 578
(J) 579
EC - T
GC - G
  11-Oct-44   Returned to USA June 1945 29
42-50901 (J) 577 DC - W+ YMCA Flying Service (copilot's side) and Wimpy's Queen (pilot's side)" 2-Jan-45   This plane was assigned to 2/Lt B.R. Shaw's crew when they arrived at Wendling early in 1945. At the request of the crew chief, Sgt Detty, the ship was named "The YMCA Flying Service." The crew, however, had planned to christen any ship permanently assigned to them with the name "Wimpy's Queen" in honor of Nerissa Shaw, Lt. Shaw's wife. ("Wimpy" was Lt. Shaw's nickname. His given name was Beverly and you either called him Ray or Wimpy but Never Beverly.) The compromise was to have the "YMCA Flying Service" name painted under the copilot's window and "Wimpy's Queen" under the pilot's window. After this plane was flown back to the US in June 1945, it may have been flown around the country as part of the Air Corps' effort to increase the sale of war bonds.   See Wimpys Queen nose art   See YMCA Flying Service nose art 42
42-94906 (H) 577 DC - U+ Dragon Lady 9-Dec-44   Returned to USA June 1945. Was transferred from the 489th BG where it was named Homesick Lass.   See nose art 33
42-94907 (H) 576 CI - U   1-Jun-44 21-Jul-44 Transferred from the 467th BG. MIA 21-Jul-44;   See MACR 7247. 15
42-94912 (H) 576 CI - U Black Widow II 9-Feb-45   Returned to USA June 1945 20
41-28916 (H) 576 CI - O   7-May-44   Returned to USA June 1945. The crew chief was M/Sgt Earl Havins.   See nose art 91
41-11926 (D) 577     12-Jun-43 23-Jun-43 Crashed 22 miles northwest of Deming, NM. The crew had to bail out due to engine failure.  
42-99938 (J) 576 CI -C Dixie Dumper 10-Jan-44 20-Feb-44 Crash landed 20-Feb-44 at Tibenham, England. The plane came from the 492nd BG where it was named The Dixie Dumper because most of the crew was from the South. The nose art showed a scantily clad gal holding a sack of bombs.
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42-99945 (J) 578 EC - O Pink Lady 8-Jan-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3327. 23
42-51958 (J) 577 (J) 579 DC - S+ GC - O   17-Oct-44   Returned to USA June 1945   See plane 13
42-94961 (H) 577 DC - Z+ Alfred IV 1-May-44 2-Dec-44 MIA 4-Dec-44; See MACR 11141.   See nose art 43
42-94966 (H) 578 EC - E Madame Shoo-Shoo 10-May-44 7-Oct-44 MIA 7-Oct-44; See MACR 9755. The crew chief was M/Sgt Art Knipe.   See nose art 55
42-99976 (J) 576 CI - D Pocatello Chief 10-Jan-44 15-Mar-44 MIA 15-Mar-44; See MACR 3184. 18
42-99979 (J) 578
(J) 577
EC - R
DC - W
Kentucky Baby 8-Jan-44 21-Apr-44 On 3 Mar 1944, this plane was being ferried from Wendling to Neaton (Station 505) so that battle damage repair done at Wendling could be inspected and further repairs made. After landing at Station 505, the right main landing gear collapsed, allowing the right wing to drag and causing a ground loop. Damaged in the accident were the right vertical stabilizer and rudder, bottom of fuselage, nose gear and tire, tail bumper gear, #4 engine, and the right main landing gear. The right wing panel was buckled and the #3 and #4 props were bent.
Crashed 21-Apr-44 at North Tuddenham, Norfolk, England   See nose art
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42-99981 (J) 578 EC - U BTO 10-Jan-44 18-Mar-44 MIA 18-Mar-44; See MACR 3328. ?
42-6982 (E) 578   Tempermental Duchess 26-Mar-43 12-Jul-43 Transferred to Alamogordo Sub Depot   See plane   See nose art  
42-99989 (J) 577 DC - V Son of Satan 23-Jan-44 18-Mar-44 Crash landed 18-Mar-44 at Gravesend, Kent, England 14
42-99990 (J) 579
(J) 579
GC - H
GC - B
Short Snorter 3-Jan-44 2-Aug-44 Crashed 2-Aug-44 in a field near Manston, Kent, England. The nose art was based on the Mobil Gas "Flying Horse" insignia, painted on the left nose section. It flew 128 consecutive missions without an abort. The crew chief was M/Sgt Stephen A. Dergo, who was awarded the Bronze Star for his fine work.   See nose art 47
41-28991 (H) 576 CI - L Gravel Gripper 28-Jul-44   Returned to USA June 1945; the crew chief was S/Sgt Earl E. Bagwell   See nose art 59
42-99992 (J) 579 GC - ?       Transferred to the 389th BG, probably in March 1944. 0
42-6995 (E) 576     10-Jun-43 29-Jun-43 Transferred to 400th BG, Pueblo  
DF-292 Oxford     21-Oct-43 13-Aug-44 Transferred to Station 547  

Note: The sorties flown were derived from the personal records of M/Sgt W. Hoyt Barfield, the Group's Dates in and out were taken from information in the 392nd BG's files at Maxwell. Last Updated July 26, 2011