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A bomber crew of the 390th Bomb Group with their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Honey Chile", their dog mascot "Scrappy" and a monkey mascot "Joe". Passed as censored 25 Oct 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Aerial Mascots Of Fortress Crews. 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 the U.S. and accompanied the boys on their transatlanticflight to England. 'Joe', a pint-sized number, gets around the base on Scrappy's back, was picked up by the 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. 31, 2, 3, 4, 6.' Censor no: 289773. On reverse: Ministry of Information, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps].



  • 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).


Date Contributor Update
02 February 2015 10:00:12 AAM AAM ingest

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