UPL 42281

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Second (of three) crews of "Ida Wanna," circa 1944. 22 year-old pilot Cyril "Joe" Stock is at the far-left in the rear. On a mission in December '44, Ida Wanna lost both starboard engines to flak coming off their bomb run. Stock had the crew toss every piece of equipment (inc the .50s & ammo, I believe) then nursed Ida Wanna across occupied airspace & the channel on the two port engines before making an emergency landing at an RAF fighter base a few miles inland.

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Units

The insignia of the 452nd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 731st Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ida Wanna
  • Unit: 452nd Bomb Group 731st Bomb Squadron

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Date: 4 Apr 2020 21:08:09
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