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Apparently this is not a photo of 'THE FLYING JACKASS', #44-40239, but is a later B-24L Model.
Richard P Rice Crew (Training-September 22, 1944)
Front L-R: 2LT Bob Hacker, 2LT Richard P. Rice, 2LT Bill Melaun
Rear L-R: T/S Bob Dierks-Waist Gunner, T/S Jack Chapman-Nose Gunner, T/S Dick Rinto-Tail Gunner, T/S Dwight Hoff-Flight Engineer/Top Turret, T/S Ray Roberts-Waist Gunner, T/S Ray Snook-Radio Operator.



  • 491st Bomb Group

    491st Bomb Group

    The 491st Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators in bombing missions over northern France and Germany from June 1944 until April 1945. Missions over Germany included bombing the headquarters of the German General Staff at Zossen. The Group was awarded a DUC...

  • 853rd Bomb Squadron


  • Jack Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose gunner
    Born 26 June 1925 Died Freeport, Illinois 1 June 2008.

  • Robert Hacker

    Military | Navigator

  • Dwight Hoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Engineer / Top Gunner
    Born in St. Francis, Kansas in 1925. Entered service July 3, 1943. Served with the Rice Crew in the 491st BG at North Pickenham, flying 28 missions (18+ with Rice Crew, volunteering with other crews lacking an engineer). Returned to Wauneta Nebraska...

  • William Melaun

    Military | Co-Pilot

  • Richard Rinto

    Military | Tail Gunner
    Member of the Richard P. Rice crew of the Modest Maiden. Worked in railroad industry following the war. Attended several crew reunions prior to his death.

  • Ray Roberts

    Military | Corporal | Left Waist Gunner

  • Ray Snook

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Flew 17 combat missions Air Medal w 1/Oak Leaf Cluster; EAME Ribbonw 3/bronze stars; Good Conduct Medal; American Theator


  • 44-40286 Green Hornet

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40239 Flying Jackass

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40239 'The Flying Jackass'

    B-24 Liberator
    "On a second mission the same day, 2nd Lt. Richard P. Rice returned over the U.K. with THE FLYING JACKASS (44-40239) badly shot up and the hydraulic system out. He landed at Marston without incident, but the next day a Lancaster came down on top of the...

  • 42-95264 'Modest Maiden'

    B-24 Liberator
    Aircraft was originally assigned to 492nd Bomb Group with associated black diagonal tail stripes. After conversion of the 492nd to a "Carpet Bagger" unit, 42-95264 was transferred to the 491st BG and further assigned to the 853rd Bomb Squadron with...



  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • North Pickenham Memorial

    Other location


Date Contributor Update
14 February 2021 11:55:14 Kickapoo Changes to caption

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2016 22:13:34 JimRice85 Changes to place associations

R.P. Rice Photo Album now owned by Jim Rice.

Date Contributor Update
27 July 2016 22:13:32 JimRice85 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

R.P. Rice Photo Album now owned by Jim Rice.