42-6080 Floozie Flossy | Mary Ruth | The WeWa Special

media-19221.jpeg UPL 19221 B-17F 42-6080 ' Mary Ruth the WeWa Special' 336BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Object Number - UPL 19221 - B-17F 42-6080 ' Mary Ruth the WeWa Special' 336BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Delivered Long Beach 15-Jul-43; Cheyenne 18/7/43; (Fitted with Sperry gyroscope); Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-P] Horham 3/9/43; force landed Metfield Afd with L.G. Hamby 16-Dec-43; force landed Tibenham Afd with J.D. Pearson 5-Jan-44; force landed Knettishall Afd with T.L. Barksdale 21-Jan-44; 29m, transferred 303BG then 36BS Alconbury (RCM) as Aphrodite/Azon aircraft 23-Mar-44; also Harrington for Carpetbagger ops; Returned to the USA Bolling 11-Feb-45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 19-Feb-46. MARY RUTH - THE WE WA SPECIAL.

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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
The insignia of the 36th Bomb Squadron (Radar Counter Measures).
  • Unit Hierarchy: Squadron
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
A B-24D Liberator 'Carpetbagger' - extensively modified for specialised operations - taxiis on the perimeter track at Harrington airfield. Printed caption on reverse: 'A Carpetbagger B-24D taxiing on the perimeter at Harrington. Photo - "Red" Monaghan.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 20447474 / O-801237
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13057861
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer/Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34262740
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
Staff Sergeant Donald W. Crossley, a tail gunner of the 95th Bomb Group in position inside a B-17 Flying Fortress. Image stamped on reverse: 'Associated Press.' [stamp] Handwritten caption on reverse: '21/9/43.' A printed caption was previously attached to the reverse of print, this has been lost, however considering the publication date, press agency and subject matter this was likely to have read: 'AWARDS TO THE HIGH-SCORING GUNNER. The Distinguished Flying Cross and an oak leaf cluster- the equivalent
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15107390
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Places

Missions

Events

Event Location Date Description

Delivered

Long Beach, CA, USA 15 July 1943 Delivered USAAF, Long Beach 15-Jul-43.

Assigned

Horham, Eye, Suffolk IP21, UK 3 September 1943 Assigned 336th BS, 95th BG, 8AF 3-Sep-43.

Crashed

Metfield, Harleston, Suffolk IP20, UK 16 December 1943 Force landed Metfield Airfield with pilot L G Hamby 16-Dec-43.

Crashed

Tibenham, Norwich, Norfolk NR16, UK 5 January 1944 Force landed Tibenham Airfield with pilot J D Pearson 5-Jan-44.

Crashed

Knettishall, Diss, Suffolk IP22, UK 21 January 1944 Force landed Knettishall Airfield with pilot T L Barksdale 21-Jan-44.

Other

Transferred

Fersfield, Diss, Norfolk IP22, UK 23 March 1944 Transferred 388th BG Aphrodite [drone] aircraft 23-Mar-44.

Other

Returned Stateside

Bolling Air Force Base Heliport (BOF), Washington, DC 20032, USA 11 February 1945 Returned to the USA, Bolling Field 11-Feb-45. 29 mission veteran. Sold for scrap.

Other

Reclaimation Finance Commission (RFC)

Kingman, AZ, USA 19 February 2046 Sold for scrap at Kingman, Arizona.

Manufactured

Burbank, CA, USA Built at Lockheed/Vega.

Other

Transferred

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK Transferred to 303rd BG.

Other

Transferred

Alconbury, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK Transferred to 36th BS for Radio Counter Measures work.

Other

Transferred

Harrington, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6, UK Transferred to 492nd BG for Carpetbagger ops.

Revisions

Date16 Apr 2023 21:07:04
Contributoracbernstein1
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Date16 Jan 2023 17:02:02
Contributoracbernstein1
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Date19 May 2022 12:07:44
ContributorAl_Skiff
ChangesChanges to production block number and unit associations
Date8 Mar 2020 04:19:19
Contributorphil marchese
ChangesChanges to markings
Sources

Unit histories.

Date8 Mar 2020 04:14:02
Contributorphil marchese
ChangesChanges to production block number and markings
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Key image selected as nose art vs distant image.

Date12 Jan 2016 21:33:30
ContributorLee8thbuff
ChangesChanges to description and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 12-Jan-2016. Converted dates to USAAF military-style signification; added RFC event per "The B-17 Flying Fortress Story" Roger A. Freeman

Date12 Jan 2016 20:48:02
ContributorAl_Skiff
ChangesChanges to manufacturer, nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations
Date30 Nov 2015 13:29:08
ContributorAl_Skiff
ChangesChanges to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:58
ContributorAAM
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Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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