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A/C 42-32098
Aircraft 42-32098, G.I. Virgin II in the hanger for repairs. This aircraft, flown by C. E. Schuchman on April 24th, 1944, was damaged in a fighter attack on the Squadron. The target was a German airfield in Erding, Germany.
G. I. Virgin II crash landed in Belgium after loosing two engines to flak during an attack on Kassel, Germany on Oct 2nd, 1944. James W. Franklin was he pilot.
Another view of G.I. Virgin II in flight.
A Photo illustrating what happens when a B-17 lands on it's belly. This was G.I. Virgin II after landing in Belgium on Oct 2nd, 1944. The mission was to Kassel, Germany and the pilot was James W. Franklin.
Looks like one of the ground crew posed with "The G. I. Virgin II".
some of the crew leaving the crash site of G. I. Virgin II after crash landing in Belgium on Oct 2nd, 1944.
A good view or the nose end of 42-32098. This is the port side view, see the next phot for a view of the starboard side.
The starboard side view of 42-32098. This is one of the few aircraft that had the name on both sides of the nose.

A/C 42-32101
Aircraft 42-32101, El Lobo II and piloted by Lt Donald L. Snow was disabled by flak over the target at Lohne, Germany. They managed to keep the plane aloft and landed in friendly terrority in France and were returned to Glatton.
A view of El Lobo II landing at Glatton after completion of the Group's 100 mission on August 3rd, 1944.
A View of El Lobo II flying in formation.
El Lobo II on the hard stand.
42-32101, El Lobo II, on the ground in in France.
Another view of El Lobo II on the ground after landing in a pasture in France.
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