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The "Hustlin'Hussy" crew in May 1944. Standing, from left to right : Arthur Pacha, engineer; Allen Patterson, Right Waist Gunner; Elmore Loveland, Tail Gunner; William Williams, Left Waist Gunner; Robert Piarote, Radio Operator; Leo Reynolds, Ball Turret Gunner.
In front, from left to right : Ralph Palmer, pilot; Ryal Skaggs, Co-Pilot; William Powell, Navigator; Frank Wieczerzak, Bombardier. (Photo via the Robert Piarote family)

Connections

Units

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Elmore Loveland

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded (EVD). Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1887. See the full story of his evasion at...

  • Arthur Pacha

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Ralph Palmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Allen Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Staff Sergeant Allen D. Patterson was born January 20, 1921. His next of kin wee his mother, Alice Patterson, and his sister, Grace Lazuik. He was from New London, Connecticut. ...

  • Robert Piarote

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy' Evaded, arrested, evaded... (EVD). See the full story of his evasion at http://www...

  • William Powell

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded / Prisoner of War (POW). See the full story of his evasion and capture at...

  • Leo Reynolds

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Ryal Skaggs

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • Frank Wieczerzak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17 #42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy. ' Evaded (EVD).

  • William Williams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Shot down by fighters after dropping out of formation due to an engine failure on return from mission to Frankfurt on 29 January 1944 in B-17 42-30354 'Hustlin' Hussy'. Evaded capture for 6 months until caught in a trap set by the Gestapo and...

Aircraft

  • 42-30354 Hustlin' Hussy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Smoky Hill 2/6/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 20/6/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-X] Gt Ashfield 1/7/43; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Ralph H. Palmer, Navigator: William Powell, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2019 12:21:01 Emily Changes to place associations and mission associations
Sources

Removed associations not depicted in photo

Date Contributor Update
14 October 2018 12:46:10 ED-BB Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Piarote family

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