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KW172172 B-17G 42-97292 'Bachelor's Bride' - B-17G 42-107033 'My Baby'


Boeing Flying Fortress B-17G 42-97292 'Bachelor's Bride' LC-C 322 BS 91 BG

Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/44; Gr Island 2/3/44; Grenier 22/3/44.

Assigned 322BS/91BG LG-C Bassingbourn 7/4/44.
Missing in Action Toulouse 25/6/44 with Farrall Goodrich, Co-pilot: Stan Spencer, Navigator: John Smith, Bombardier: Harry Kurras, ttg-Bill Zura, Radio Operator: Jesse Craghead{Wounded in Action}, Ball turret gunner: Bill Fann{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Edwin Braun,Tail gunner: John Callaghan (9INT); flak KO'd before enemy aircraft hit, force landed uphill in Spanish meadow, La Campa de Erandio, Sondico, ten miles NE of Bilbao, Spain.

Missing Air Crew Report 6545.



Patrick N. Kennedy (91st Bomb Group)
The Saga of Bachelors Bride began at Ardmore, Oklahoma the last part of 1943. Howard (Robbie) Robertson was a pilot and instructor there and I was a Bombardier instructor. He was assigned to take a crew to England that had just completed Phase Training and my request to go with him was granted.
This is all by the way a preface on how a painting of a beautiful lady came to grace the nose of a B-17G. The crew wanted to call the new plane bachelors pride. The crew also decided they would like a pin-up girl on the nose. A painting done by my sister, Margaret Hays, of a nude redhead on a billowy white cloud, struck their fancy and that was it. The name did not fit the pin-up so some bright crew member said lets' call her Bachelors Bride, an oxymoron if there ever was one. We should have named her lucky Bride, instead we came to call her Bride, because in our way of thinking we were married to her. At any rate the pin-up went into Starcers' paint shop and he painted a copy of it on the nose of LG-C.
Credit must be given to the crew who flew it on its last mission. They performed in the best tradition on the 91st. It was unfortunate that some of the crew were severely injured on their forced landing. I feel a special bond with them and am thankful they survived. The bride served them well.




Boeing Flying Fortress B-17G 42-107033 'My Baby' LG-D 322 BS 91 BG

Delivered Tulsa 2/2/44; Grenier 7/3/44; with Jim Raymond force landed base 11/3/44.
Assigned 324BS/91BG (DF-Z/D) Bassingbourn 24/3/44; 322BS (LG-D)

Missing in Action 58 mission Ludwigshafen 5/9/44.

Ernie Kelley, Co-pilot: Andy Anderson, Navigator: Alton Karoll, Bombardier: George Lancaster, Radio Operator: Grover Nordman, Ball turret gunner: Ed Duemmer, Waist gunner: Zalma Mitchell (7 evaded capture); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ira Krammes (Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Dick Doyle (Killed in Action); mech fault put #3 out, then flak hit #4.
Crashed near Bazailles, SE of Longyon, France.

Missing Air Crew Report 8595.

(Years later Kelley returned to France when ship was dug up.)

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Kitsworld B17G 42-97292 LG-C Bachelors Bride
Kitsworld B17G 42-97292 LG-C Bachelors Bride
Kitsworld B17G 42-97292 LG-C Bachelors Bride
B17G 42-107033 'My Baby'

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KW172173 Boeing Flying Fortress B -17G 'Commando Chief' 44-6585 - 'Margie' 44-8648

Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Commando Chief' H-K 44-6585 423 BS, 306 BG.
Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Margie' DF-D 44-8648 324 BS, 306 BG.

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KW172174 Boeing Flying Fortress B -17G 'Homesick Angel 42-107135 - 'Madam Shoo Shoo' 43-37786

Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Homesick Angel' XA-N 42-107135 549 BS, 385 BG.
Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Madam Shoo Shoo' XA-Z 43-37786 HR-Z 551 BS, 385th BG.




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KW172175 Boeing Flying Fortress B -17G 'Ice Col' Katy' 44-6115 - 'Anxious Angel' 43-38035

Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Ice Col' Katy' GD-Q 44-6115 534th BS, 381 BG.
Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Anxious Angel' LL-F 43-38035 LL-F 401st BS, 91 BG.





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KW172176 Boeing Flying Fortress B -17E ‘Suzy Q’ 41-2489 - ‘Yankee Diddler’ 41-2472

Boeing Flying Fortress B-17E of the Pacific - 41-2489 'Suzy Q' 19th BG, Java Southwest Pacific 1943.
Beoing Flying Fortress B-17E of the Pacific - 41-2472 'Yankee Diddler' 5th AF, 43rd BG, 7 Mile Drome Jackson 1943.


Also available now in 1/48 scale - 1/32 scale will be available soon.





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