Capt James A Verinis, [17 Prince St., New Haven, Conn.], co-pilot of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" holding the crew's mascot, "Stuka", and Capt Charles B Leighton, [427 Haslett St., East Lansing, Mich].
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Capt James A Verinis with mascot Scottie 'Stuka' of the 91st Bomb Group in the waist gun position of his B-17 Flying Fortress (DF-A, serial number 41-24485) nicknamed "Memphis Belle" Passed for publication 10 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Not For Publication Before 00.30 June 10th. Flying Fortress Returns To U.S.A. After 25 Operations. June 1943. At an 8th Army Air Station somewhere in England, Lt.-Gen. Jacob L. Devers, and Major-General Ira. C. Eaker, bidded fare-well to the Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" which is returning to the United States after completing 25 missions over enemy territory. The crew will instruct airmen back home, who will follow in their footsteps in the great Allied Air Offensives against the enemy. Picture shows - Capt James A Verinis Co-Pilot chatting with General Devers..' On reverse: US Army Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Print No: 268682
General Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General of the Army Air Forces, and Captain James A. Verinia (sic) and "Stuka", and Captain Charles B. Leighton, members of the crew of the Memphis Belle, a Flying Fortress which made twenty five bombing missions over Europe.
Co-Pilot Capt James A Verinis with Scotty mascot 'Stuka' at the right waist gun position of his B-17 Flying Fortress DF-A, 41-24485 "Memphis Belle" of the 91st Bomb Group. Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, UK. June 1943.
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Crew of the Battle-weary, but triumphant, "Memphis Belle" which made twenty-five bombing missions over Europe are shown: L to R Back Row: T/Sgt. Robert J Hanson, Garfield, Wash., Radio Operator; T/Sgt. Harold P Loch, Green Bay, Wisc. holding 'Stuka', Top Turret Gunner; Capt Vincent B Evans, Henderson, TX., Bomb Capt Robert N Morgan, Asherville, NC., Pilot.
L to R Front Row: S/Sgt Cecil N Scott, Altoona, PA., Ball Turret. S/Sgt Clarence B Winchell, Oak Park, IL. L Waist gunner. S/Sgt John P Quinlan, Yonkers, NY., Tail gunner. S/Sgt Casimer A Nastal, Detroit, MI. R Waist gunner.
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Captain James H Verinis [ New Haven, Connecticut ], co-pilot on the "MEMPHIS BELLE" with "Stuka", the plane's mascot, at an airbase in England. 9 June 1943.
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Crew of the Boeing B-17 'Memphis Belle' at Laredo AAF, Laredo, Texas, 20 June 1943.
Standing L to R: T/Sgt Harold P Loch, T/Sgt Robert J Hanson, Capt Robert K Knight, Capt Vincent B Evans, Capt Charles B Leighton, Capt James A Verinis [holding Stuka the ships mascot].
Kneeling L to R: S/Sgt John P Quinlan, S/Sgt Clarence B Winchell, S/Sgt Casimer A Nastal, S/Sgt Cecil H Scott.
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Members of the crew of the "Memphis Belle" pictured with Assistant Secretary of War, Robert Patterson and General Henry H. Arnold.
Back Row L to R: S/Sgt. Cecil N Scott, Capt James A Verinia, Assistant Secretary of War, Robert Patterson, Capt Charles B Leighton, Capt Robert K Knight, Capt Vincent B Evans, General Henry H Arnold, T/Sgt Robert J Hanson.
Front Row L to R: S/Sgt Casimer A Nastal, S/Sgt Clarence B Winchell, T/Sgt Harold P Loch [ Holding ships mascot Stuka ], S/Sgt John P Quinlan.
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Lt James A Verinis and crew of the 324th Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, in front of the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Connecticut Yankee'. England, 27 May 1943. Verinis stands far left of shot, his dog and ships mascot 'Stuka' is is the front row, far left kneeling is T/Sgt Lawrence W Murray top turret and flight engineer.
Flying her 38th mission on the 6-Sep-43 trip to Stuttgart, 'Connecticut Yankee' took substantial battle damage; 2nd Lt William Pegram was forced to make a "dead stick" crash landing at Winchelsea, his fuel exhausted. The whole crew suffered minor injuries, and the "Yankee" was subsequently salvaged.
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Scottish terrier, crew mascot belonging to Capt James A Verinis, flew on B-17's 'Memphis Belle' and 'Connecticut Yankee'.
Stuka was born in England and was living in a pet shop in London when Captain Verinis found her and brought her to live with him where he was stationed, at the USAAF barracks near Bassingbourn. Captain Verinis and Stuka became great friends, together they helped boost the morale of the servicemen everywhere they went. Stuka became known as the ‘mascot of the Memphis Belle.’ She was a faithful companion of the crew of the Memphis Belle (she even had her own dog tags like the soldiers did!). Stuka ended her life as James's pet in the USA.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Flew sixth mission as pilot on 'Memphis Belle,' and then was given his own crew and aircraft named 'The Connecticut Yankee. '
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The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
Home of the Memphis Belle
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation ...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-E/C] New Castle 13/10/42; Bassingbourn 23/11/42; involved in landing accident at base on 1/8/43 with Dave Gladhart; on return from Stuttgart 38m 6/9/43 with Bill Pegram, Co-pilot: Bill Martin, Navigator: Bob Cosgrove, Bombardier...