Two children stand beneath the nose of a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-37954) nicknamed "Going Jessie" of the 486th Bomb Group. Image via Roland A Andrews. Handwritten caption on reverse: '"Going Jessie" 835th Sqd, 486th BG Photo taken Sunday June 23rd 1945.'
486 Bomb Group, 8th Airforce, 835 Bomb Squadron 1944:
LT. John S. Simmons - Pilot (first) - center top row;
LT. Webster O. McCarthy - Co-Pilot (second) - "Mac" - 2nd top row from left;
LT. Lowell W. Markert - Dead Reckoning Navigator - "Low" -1st top row from left;
LT. Frank P. Tamburino Bombardier - "Tambie" - 4th top row left or 2nd top row from right;
SGT. W. L. Whitney - Ball Gunner - "Win" - end top row left or 1st top row right;
SSGT. Oresto J. Angelini - Flight Engenier
SSGT. Henry A. Gutenstein - Radio Operator
SGT. Morton M. Lehner - Right Waist Gunner; bottom row, 3rd from right
SSGT. George M. Peppard - Tail Gunner.
Delivered Cheyenne 9/6/44; Kearney 27/6/44; Dow Fd 7/7/44; Assigned 835BS/486BG [H8-K then C] Sudbury 8/7/44; 79m Returned to the USA Bradley 7/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 10/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Albuquerque 6/2/46. GOIN' JESSIE.
The 486th Bomb Group flew both B-24s and B-17s, swapping from the former aircraft to the latter in late July 1944 after 49 missions. In total the Group flew 292 missions during the war and remarkably the 834th Bomb Squadron lost no aircraft or...
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