44-6293 Sunkist Sue, Peggy

media-52142.jpeg UPL 52142 B-17G-50-DL 44-6293, wearing its nose art and its name "Sunkist Sue", assigned to the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group.

Object Number - UPL 52142 - B-17G-50-DL 44-6293, wearing its nose art and its name "Sunkist Sue", assigned to the 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group.

Delivered Kearney 26/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 22/7/44 PEGGY 20+m; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/6/45; Sth Plains 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/12/45. 2m SUNKIST SUE.

Sometime in October, the aircraft had the ball turret removed due to what the pilot thought was a "fundamental airframe fault". Sunkist Sue's first mission with the modification would be the 2 November Merseburg raid, where the crew would claim anywhere from two to five aircraft destroyed. Later on the aircraft would suffer minor battle damage Sterkrade on 22 January. Finally, on the 29 January mission to Niederlahnstein, the Fortress suffered an engine loss over the railyards, resulting in a forced landing that all the crew walked away from. Sunkist Sue would later be sent back to Bassingbourn, but would not fly another mission after that.


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Units served with

Unofficial emblem of the 91st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 91st Bomb Group 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39167239
  • Highest Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Crew chief



  • Date: 29 January 1945
  • Date: 28 January 1945
The smoking crash site of a B-24 Liberator of the 467th Bomb Group near Old Catton. Official caption printed on image: (33)(PLAC. MIS. ASSY)(22-1-45)(AC 393).' Handwritten caption on reverse: '22/1/45 467 BG B-24 crashed at Old Catton, killing all aboard.'
  • Date: 22 January 1945
  • Date: 21 January 1945
  • Date: 17 January 1945


Event Location Date Description


Bassingbourn, England 22 July 1944 Assigned to 401BS/91BG


Forced Landing

29 January 1945 Lost engine over Niederlahnstein rail yards and forced to land. Crew walked away fine.


Date21 Sep 2021 17:08:54
ChangesChanges to production block number, manufacturer, markings, description, events and mission associations
Date22 Jul 2021 16:40:29
ChangesChanges to nicknames
Date9 Mar 2020 01:09:37
ChangesChanges to unit associations

Added connections to the 401st BS, 91st BG and 8th AF mentioned in A/C description.

Date9 Mar 2020 01:04:00
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Added the A/C nickname listed in the A/C “Description”.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:41:50
ChangesAAM ingest

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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