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B-17G 42-31812 "Destiny's Child" (coded LL-H) of the 401st Bomb Sqn, 91st Bomb Grp. Crew chief Jack Gaffney's pride and joy, he was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in his maintenance actions.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 401st Bomb Squadron


  • Jack Gaffney

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief
    In addition to his mechanic duties, Sgt Gaffney created "nose art" for seven different 91st BG Fortresses. He painted nose art for "Invasion II" (42-5070), "The Bad Egg" (41-24484), "The Sky Wolf" (41-24527), "Shamrock Special" (42-29591), "Destiny's...


  • 42-31812 Destiny's Child

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/12/43; Kearney 7/1/44; Grenier 24/1/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-H] Bassingbourn 20/2/44; (completed first 44 missions on original engines for which crew chief Jack Gaffney awarded Bronze Star). Missing in Action on its 53rd...


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19 March 2017 14:21:30 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations