42-30317 Second Chance

The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Second Chance" of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group. Printed caption on reverse: 'A-61554 AC - The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Second Chance" at an airbase in England, 19 September 1943. 562nd Bomb Sqdn., 388th Bomb Gp. U.S. Air Force Photo.'

Object Number - FRE 7848 - The nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Second Chance" of the 562nd Bomb Squadron, 388th Bomb Group. Printed caption on reverse: 'A-61554...

Delivered Cheyenne 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; Missing in Action Bremen 26/11/43 with Bill McCown, Co-pilot: Bill Stantial, Navigator: Winston Hall, Bombardier: Vince McHugh, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Bert Crawford, Radio Operator: Floyd Smith, Ball turret gunner: Don Miller, Waist gunner: Ed Nelson, Waist gunner: George Krolik, Tail gunner: Harry Kincaid (10 Killed in Action); coll with 42-37838 (401BG) losing entire tail section, crashed Vehne Moor, Bissel, near Ahlhorn, Ger. Missing Air Crew Report 3075. SECOND CHANCE.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 388th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-523642
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group Headquarters (388th Bomb Group)
  • Service Numbers: O-396383
  • Highest Rank: Brigadier General
  • Role/Job: Group Commanding Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner
Lieutenant Paul Bensel and his crew of the 388th Bomb Group stand with a bomb, personally addressed to Hitler, and their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-5954) nicknamed "Mister Yank II" before the Regensburg Raid, August 1943. A B-17 nicknamed "Homesick Angel" is visible in the background.
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39184316
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 388th Bomb Group 562nd Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

26197 Großenkneten, Germany 1943-11-26 Collision with 401BG B-17 McCown Crew 10 KIA

Delivered

Cheyenne, WY, USA 1943-05-13

Assigned

Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 1943-06-17 388 BG 562 BS

Other

First 388th BG Combat Mission

Amsterdam, Netherlands 1943-07-17 Orignally assigned to the Ivan Willson Crew who flew her on 14 of her 23 combat missions

Revisions

Date2 May 2021 18:00:19
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a space before the words "Tail gunner" in the A/C “Description” to aid clarity.

Date27 Nov 2019 19:12:09
Contributorjohntreacy
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MACR - pilot surname was McCown not McGowan.

Date27 Nov 2019 05:17:52
Contributorjohntreacy
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From the MACR - McCown, not McGowan
Also, grave marker for three of the lost crew names Hall, Crawford, McCown

Date27 Nov 2019 00:54:04
Contributorjohntreacy
Sources

MACR 3075 from archives.gov

Date13 Dec 2017 21:12:07
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=42-30317&da…
B-17 Flying Fortress Story - Roger Freeman
page 139

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:28
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log / MACR 3075 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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