A "Short Snortor" dollar bill used to commemorate the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Owned by SSGT George H. Simpson of the 15th AF, 97th BG, 342nd BS.
The journey started on September 19th, 1944 and ended on September 25th, 1944. Stops along the trip included Manchester, NH, Newfoundland, Azora Island, and Marrakesh, Morocco. The plane ferried overseas appears to have been B-17G 44-6495 (scribed in the upper righthand corner of the dollar bill).
Recognizable signatures include:
Charles J. Marlatt, Tail Gunner, 379th BG, 527th BS
Sergeant Charles Marlatt kept a detailed journal through his entire military tour. He flew 3 missions out of Kimbolton and another 22 missions with the 92nd Bomb Group in Italy.
On his first mission, he flew on the Carol Dawn on 24 Aug 1944, the second on Miss Lace on 25 Aug 1944 and the third on Mairzy Doats on 26 August 1944. En route to target, the aircraft's #2 engine fell apart and it ditched in North Sea, west of Haarlem, Holland.
Air Sea Rescue were able to save two of the crew: Charles Marlatt and Don Stover, the ball turret gunner.
RTD Rescued Damaged by flak and ditched in channel on 8/26/44 in B-17 Mairzy Doats #42107146. Charles Marlatt was not aboard the "Miss Lace" or a member of her crew [Aircraft B17G (44-6140)] on 30 Nov 1944 when flak brought the plane down over Großpösna, Germany.
Units served with
The 379th Bomb Group (H) (heavy), based at Kimbolton, flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. The B-17 Flying Fortress Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Tulsa 6/3/44; Gr Island 12/3/44; Dow Fd 14/4/44;
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Tulsa, OK 5/14/44; Kearney, NE 5/24/44; Dow Field, Bangor, ME 1/6/44; Assigned 527BS/379BG Kimbolton, England 10/6/44; Missing in Action northeast of Zeitz, Germany on 11/30/44 with 8 crew Killed in Action: 1st Lt Gilbert J Schlesinger, Pilot...
Military site : airfield
Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....
||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||26 August 1944