41-24610 Joe Btfsplk II

Lieutenant Fort W. Lipe of the 303rd Bomb Group, signals 'V for Victory' from the cockpit of his B-17 Flying Fortress (GN-T, serial number 41-24610 ) nicknamed "Joe Btfsplk II". Passed for publication 16 Dec 1942. Printed caption on reverse: 'Lt. Fort W. Lipe, of the Air Corps, of Irving, Illinois was with the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. He is 23 and is engaged to Miss Edith Kesinger, of 314 North-St., Normal, Illinois. His greeting is silent, optimistic and emphatic. As O.P.S. he sends it in the V sign.' On

Object Number - FRE 4178 - Lieutenant Fort W. Lipe of the 303rd Bomb Group, signals 'V for Victory' from the cockpit of his B-17 Flying Fortress (GN-T, serial number 41-24610 )...

Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-T] Bangor 5/10/42; Molesworth 25/10/42.
Missing in Action St Nazaire 1/5/43 with Vince Walsh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Dave Lee, Waist gunner: Tony Peklinsky (3 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: John Franklin, Navigator: Ed Zieminski, Bombardier: John Walker, Radio Operator: Emery Knotts, Ball turret gunner: Jim Carithers, Waist gunner: Joe McMahon, Tail gunner: Leroy Moyer (7 Killed in Action).
AA hit, crashed St Nazaire, Fr.
Missing Air Crew Report 15727.
JOE BTFSPLK.

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Air Service Group 358th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-726969
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18058489
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18058462
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34235254
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 427th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6147027
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

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Revisions

Date29 Feb 2020 02:06:53
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

Added a space in front of the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” for clarity.

Date1 Apr 2015 10:27:26
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Added nickname and mission connection from http://www.303rdbg.com

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:03
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 15727 / MACR 17727 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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