I just bought a 1/48 scale Monogram B-24J Liberator two days ago at the local hobby store. Like their full size counterparts, Liberators are scarce. A lot of B17 kits out there. I had one (B24) many years ago and had it all painted up on the inside but never finished it. It is still up in the attic and who knows if the pieces are still there. There is no reason in this day n' age to not finish them up. Everybody does stickers so it wouldn't be too hard. Now what plane to to make: Balls O'Fire, Lucky Penny II, Silent Yokum, Hollywood and Vine, Sky Chief, Crow's Nest, The Little Gramper Junior, Sweet Sue, Body and Soul, or my favorite name - The Hustlin' Hussy.
That last one was an mechanical abort and they had to make an emergency landing in the U.K.
Thanks for sharing
your pops had balls of STEEL... that plane flew visual lead for the squadron from may '43-august '44
i would bet thats your pops in that picture even though you cant see the pilot... thats from oct 25 '43 takeoff to Kassel
Same plane but earlier time frame. His first mission was September 25, 1944. He did have three mission early on against Kassel. Two of them were back to back days. All told, the targets for those missions were the Henschel & Sohn GmbH Tiger Tank plants and the Altenbaune Aero Engine Works.
09/27/44 Kassel, 6-1000# bombs, Intense flak, Two hits (that plane was lost a month later over Cologne)
09/28/44 Kassel, 6-1000# bombs, Intense flak, Two hits-one on top turrent other in leading edge of wing.
10/07/44 (Kassel), 6-1000# bombs, Very intense flak, two hits-top turrent and wing.
My notes: stay out of top turrent going to Kassel.
Those missions were in Lucky Penny II, Balls O'Fire, and Hollywood & Vine.
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My grandpa was a navigator and a nose gunner on b-17. He did his 25 missions. He was stationed in England at kimbolton. 8th af. I was stationed at bentwaters afb. I got to go with my mom and spread some of his ashes on the runway where they took off from. Merry Christmas to my mom n grandpa. Rip.
That brought some tears to my eyes. That would be a tough one to do spreading his ashes. I'm glad you and your Mom got to do it. I never will forget at my father's funeral service. Just before the service was about to end, my Mother nudged me and pointed up. A lone military jet was flying overhead. It wasn't by our doings but just a chance encounter. She told me your Dad would have liked that. I think to this day that Dad was hitching a ride.
These crews join up in the states, fly together, then come back home and basically depart from one another. In the end, they are flying high again! I get emotional with these types of things. I was losing it this past summer walking through a Liberator. I didn't get to fly but it was quite an amazing experience.
If you haven't done so already, search on his group. There are some really good B17 group web pages out there. A lot of my Dad's records that were stored by the Government were lost in a St. Louis fire from Vietnam protesters back in the day. It has led to some major road blocks in my searches. Lucky he saved about every scrap of paper, picture, token, medals, etc that was given to him or it would all be gone. He even saved saved a two inch blood soaked piece of glass all wrapped up in gauze that was embedded into his stomach. My Mom told me he had it in there for a month but didn't tell anyone so he would not miss out on any flying time. Finally the pain it caused at altitude made him wise up and get it out of there. The things these guys did astounds me. It still happens to this day with all military people by not wanting to be left out.