43-39177 The Blessed Event

media-32734.jpeg UPL 32734 Blessed Event Crew - William Hunter (pilot), James Hilbert (co-pilot) Harry George (bombardier), Henry Sanger (navigator) Luther Yates (tail gunner), Jerard Murtha (radio operator), Orville Ritchley (top turret gunner), Lloyd Cochran (ball turret gunner) Thaddeus Johnson (waist gunner)

Matt Webster

Object Number - UPL 32734 - Blessed Event Crew - William Hunter (pilot), James Hilbert (co-pilot) Harry George (bombardier), Henry Sanger (navigator) Luther Yates (tail gunner),...

Delivered Lincoln 23/12/44; Dow Fd 3/1/45; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Y/L] Horham 7/1/45; on 19/3/45 with W.C. Hunter, obs-R.B. Adams [wia]; 55m, Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 7/12/45. THE BLESSED EVENT.

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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 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16019686
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner/Waist Gunner/Togglier
Lt. Richard Warren Portmann
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 2066037
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator; Radar
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 412th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner

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Related media

  • Media Type: Document
  • Object Number: Document 32736
  • Description: Original nose art drawing for "The Blessed Event" 339177. Assigned to the crew of William Craig Hunter on 2/6/1945.

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Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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