497th Bomb Squadron

Squadron
The nose art of a B-26 Marauder (serial number 42-95903) nicknamed "Hard to Get" of the 344th Bomb Group. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption: '"Hard to Get"- 497th Sqdn. Commander D D Bentley, actually taken on Stansted in July 1944.' media-395915.jpg FRE 7194 The nose art of a B-26 Marauder (serial number 42-95903) nicknamed "Hard to Get" of the 344th Bomb Group. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption: '"Hard to Get"- 497th Sqdn. Commander D D Bentley, actually taken on Stansted in July 1944.'.

Caption from “The Martin B-26 Marauder” by J.K.Havener, p215 - ' Nose art on the 497th Sqdn. Commander D.D. Bentley's ship in the 344th BG. The dual-meaning name worked and it was never "got" by flak or fighters during Bailey's tenure as 497th CO. As a Lt. Col. he was transferred to the 322nd BG as Deputy Commander in August 1944'. Roger Freeman Collection

Added Caption from “The Martin B-26 Marauder” by J.K.Havener.

Object Number - FRE 7194 - The nose art of a B-26 Marauder (serial number 42-95903) nicknamed "Hard to Get" of the 344th Bomb Group. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.....

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Unit stations

Station Location Date

Based

Stansted Mountfitchet

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
  • Role/Job: bomber (flight engineer and top turret gunner)
The nose art of a B-26 Marauder (serial number 42-95903) nicknamed "Hard to Get" of the 344th Bomb Group. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption: '"Hard to Get"- 497th Sqdn. Commander D D Bentley, actually taken on Stansted in July 1944.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 322nd Bomb Group 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Squadron Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6941901
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer, Top Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: Danish
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: FR-25786 / O-816407
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Bomber pilot, MAC Pilot, Pilot Wings, DW Commander 89th MAW SAM
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39825387 / O-741451
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Fertile Mertile
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
The nose art of a B-26 Marauder nicknamed "Smilin' Joy" of the 344th Bomb Group. Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption: '"Smilin' Joy"- AJ Robertson- Actually taken at Stansted- Jul 1944.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Smilin Joy
  • Unit: 394th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
Lieutenant Jack Havener of the 344th Bomb Group admires a pin up nose art of a B-26 Marauder (serial number 42-95952) nicknamed "You've 'Ad It". Image by Jack K Havener, 344th Bomb Group.. Associated caption: '"You've 'Ad It!"- Harrison. Actually taken on Stansted, July 1944.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Youve Ad It
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: Gratis Gladys
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-26 Marauder
  • Nicknames: See See Senor
  • Unit: 344th Bomb Group 497th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date13 Mar 2015 15:59:03
Contributorrossingtonj
ChangesChanges to type
Sources

Type added.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:42:49
ContributorAAM
ChangesAAM ingest
Sources

Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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