42-97376 Aunt Callie's Baby She Fox Lucky Lady

Object Number - UPL 19463 - Flying Fortress B-17G 42-97376 OE-H "Lucky Lady" 335th BS, 95th BG, 8AF.

Delivered Cheyenne 24/2/44; Kearney 10/3/44; Grenier 2/4/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-J] Horham 7/4/44 AUNT CALLIE'S BABY; on 5/9/44 with A.P. Salvia, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: J.S. Wood [wia]; detailed Merseburg 28/9/44 with J.C. Walter, (8 Returned to Duty); Co-pilot: Tom Sevald (Killed in Action); transferred 335BS [OE-H] 17/10/44; on 12/12/44 with D.V. Tregoning force landed RAF Woodbridge, all OK; on 3/3/45 with S.J. Tavis in mid air col with 42-102450 and force landed RAF Manston, all OK; 88m abandoned Goose Bay, Labrador, due to engine failure 26/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 5/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 7/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20/12/45. LUCKY LADY aka SHE FOX.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 95th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-821248
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Air Division 13th Combat Bomb Wing 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron Headquarters (13th Combat Bomb Wing)
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Instructor/Evaluator/SquadronCC
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 3rd Bomb Division 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-753912
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: AO-2073198
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-26027
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Places

Missions

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Paisano
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Combat casualties

1944-09-05 Flight engineer/top turret gunner: J S Wood [WIA]. Pilot Lt A P Salvia.

Other

Combat casualty

Merseburg, Germany 1944-09-28 Detailed Merseburg 28/9/44. Co-pilot: Tom Sevald (Killed in Action); Pilot J C Walter. (8 x RTD).

Crashed

Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK 1944-12-12 Force landed RAF Woodbridge. Pilot Lt D V Tregoning. 12-Dec-44. (9 x RTD)

Crashed

Manston, Ramsgate, Kent CT12, UK 1945-03-03 Mid air collision with 42-102450 and force landed RAF Manston. Pilot Lt S J Tavis. (9 x RTD)

Other

Abandoned

Trans-Labrador Hwy, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P, Canada 1945-06-26 Abandoned Goose Bay, Labrador, due to engine failure 26-Jun-45.

Other

Returned Stateside

Bradley Field, Salisbury, NC 28147, USA 1945-07-05 Returned to the USA Bradley 5-Jul-45.

Revisions

Date18 May 2022 18:27:16
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

Date5 Jun 2021 23:50:35
Contributorjpnoe72
Sources

On this day, my father's second mission, he navigates for Pilot Stacy Tavis this time in the 335th BS flying to Brunswick. During the return, the "Paisano", aircraft number 42-102450, Pilot R. Duncan encounters turbulent prop wash and looses position in the flight, collides with "Aunt Callie's Baby" which had fallen back from it's proper position. The result of the collision is complete failure of the tail section of Paisano and severe damage to the trailing edge of Aunt Callie's Baby. All crew on Paisano were KIA. All crew on 42-102450 survived the emergency landing back in England. Lt. Stacy Tavis did not return to the cockpit following this mission. Aunt Callie's Baby is renamed Lucky Lady.

Date14 Dec 2015 14:40:54
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

AAM DB Entry Correction.

Date13 Dec 2015 13:49:05
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:12
ContributorAAM
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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