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" Sgt Hubert Hayes [ Parkersville, West Virginia ] waist gunner on the Boeing B-17 "The Bad Penny" checks his gun before take-off on a mission over enemy territory from his base at Cambridge, England. 6 May 1943 ". Alongside Hayes, the other waist gunner Sgt Paul J Shook Jr.

NARA Ref 342-FH-3A12621-79043AC.



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  • Hubert Hays

    Military | Sergeant | Waist gun
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  • Paul Shook

    Military | Master Sergeant | Waist Gunner
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  • 41-24480 'The Bad Penny'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-B] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/9/42; 322BS [LG-A] 5/43 16+m; taken off operations and transferred 403 AD 2/7/43; 8AF HQ Sqd 15/8/43 for VIP duties. Salvaged 19/10/44. Used as camera ship to film Major William Wilder's...


Date Contributor Update
21 March 2017 11:11:20 Al_Skiff Changes to caption and person associations

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2017 11:08:53 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations