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A bomber crew of the 390th Bomb Group pets their mascots "Scrappy" and "Joe" a dog and monkey, who fly in their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-31027) nicknamed "Honey Chile". Image stamped on reverse: ‘Fox.’ [stamp], ‘passed for publication 25 Oct 1943.’ [stamp] and ‘289774.’ [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: ‘AERIAL MASCOTS OF FORTRESS CREWS. PH/MoN. As frisky and friendly a pair of aerial mascots as you'll find in Britain are "Scrappy" and "Joe", pup and monkey team belonging to the crew of the Flying Fortress "Honey Chile" piloted by 2nd. Lieut. Robert W. Biesecker, ( of Lexington, North Carolina) at an 8th A.F. Bomber Command Station, in England. 'Scrappy" was presented to the crew while training in U.S. and accompanied the boys on their transatlantic flight to England. "Joe", a pint-sized number, gets around the base on Scrappy's back, was picked up by crew at another station here. Both these mascots have a good number of flying hours to their credit. Photograph shows - The Dog and Monkey mascots of the Fortress "Honey Chile". FOX OCTOBER 43.'



  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...


  • Robert Biesecker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Assigned to 571BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 24 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Augsburg in B-17 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' 18-Mar-44; attacked by six Me109's, exploded and crashed Sth of Lahr/Schwarzwald, Germany after only three men baled out....

  • Scrappy Dog

    Military | Mascot
    Scrappy was presented to the crew while training in U.S. and accompanied the boys on their transatlantic flight to England.

  • Joe Monkey

    Military | Mascot

  • Peter Repka

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    B-17G 42-37925 'Rick-O-Shay III' was attacked head on by three ME109s on a mission to Augsburg, GR on 18 Mar 1944, exploded and crashed S of Lahr/Schwarzwald, GR after only three men bailed out. Killed in Action (KIA).


  • 42-31027 Miss Lace, Pinky III, Honey Chili

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/9/43; Gr Isle 3/10/43; Assigned 569BS/390BG [CC-R] Framlingham 7/10/43 MISS LACE, then PINKY III; to HONEY CHILE; transferred RAF [SR387]; 214 Sq BU-G Sculthorpe, Nfk. 21/1/44; No1699 FLT [4Z-Z]; Written off 13/11/46.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:24:13 AAM AAM ingest

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