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A/C 42-97123
Aircraft 42-97123, Ipana Smile, on the hardstand. This aircraft survived the war and returned to the USA.
Another view of Ipana Smile on the hardstand.
42-97123 in flight at the moment of bomb release.
Another view of Ipana Smile on the hardstand.
Ipana Smile flying in formation.
A view of the nose end of Ipana Smile illustrating the number of flown missions.

A/C 42-97131
Aircraft 42-97131, Home James, piloted by Vincent L. Frost, was hit by flak over the target at Genshagen, Germany on Aug 6th, 1944. The order was given to bail out. The aircraft exploded before all had left and four member of the crew were killed.
Home James on the hardstand with an unnamed crew standing near the nose.

A/C 42-97137
Aircraft 42-97137, Silver Queen, piloted by Walter S. Milne, took a direct hit from flak in the radio room on a mission to Gorenflos, Germany on Apr 20th, 1944. The plane broke in half and part of the plane exploded. There were only two survivors who managed to bail out.

A/C 42-97190
42-97190, Hitler's Milkman, was damaged in a raid on Nijmegen on Sept 17th, 1944. The pilot, Lt Strosser landed the aircraaft in Belgium. The crew was safe and returned to Glatton with the aircraft.
Hitler's Milkman, flying in formation. This aircraft survived the war and returned to the USA.
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