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A/C-42-31607
Aircraft 42-31607, known as Rose Olive, was lost on May 12th, 1944. John Akers, pilot , dropped from formation after loosing an engine. The crew apparently all parachuted to the ground and became POW's
This is the crew of John Akers that was lost on May 12th, 1944 with their aircraft 42-31607, Rose Olive, behind them.

A/C-42-31615
Two aircraft, 42-31615 and 42-97456 flying in close formation. 42-31615, Snafusk Shamrock, was lost on a mission to Hamburg on Jun 20th, 1944. The aircraft was piloted by William G. Bomer. It was hit by flak over the target, caught fire and exploded. Three of the crew were killed.
Another great photograph of Snafusk Shamrock flying in close formation.

A/C-42-31618
Serial Number 42-31618, Our Baby, flying with Tujunga seconds after bomb release. Our Baby was lost on Jun 14th, 1944 on a mission to Le Bourget / Melum, France. The aircraft was badly damaged over the target and the crew attempted to return to England. Fire broke out over the channel and the crew bailed out but only four were rescued by Air/Sea rescue. The pilot was James La Paze.
"Our Baby" flying in CAVU weather.
An especially good photo of 42-31618, Our Baby.

A/C-42-31620
Flak was very heavy at the target at Rouen, France. Plane s/n 42-31620, named Skunk Hollow, and piloted by Lt Franklin H. Morrell brought his damaged plane back to the field and prepared for a crash landing. When he touched down without brakes the plane veered to the right and hit the wing of another aircraft s/n 42-38056, Queen Bea, parked on the hardstand. Both planes burst into flames and were totally consumed. Two men, Lt Tangherlini and Sgt Mayers were both decorated with a bronze star for their heroic action in moving other planes from the inferno. No one was killed or injured.
The burning remains of 42-31620, Skunk Hollow, and 42-38056, Queen Bea after collision at Glatton on Jun 2nd, 1944.
The burning remains of 42-31620, Skunk Hollow, and 42-38056, Queen Bea.
The burning remains of 42-31620, Skunk Hollow, and 42-38056, Queen Bea.
The charred remains of the fuselage of Skunk Hollow.
The tail of 42-31620 that survived the fire.
Another view of the tail section of Skunk Hollow after the collision and fire.
Another view of the tail section of Skunk Hollow after the collision and fire.
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