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Jack Paul Gaffney

Military

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 Child" (42-31812), "Los Angeles City Limits" (42-107018), "Sunkist Sue" (44-6293).
It has now been documented that Sgt Gaffney created Nose art for an Eighth aircraft. "Stinky" 41-9045

Awards: Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Harry Goldstein

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner / Flight engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 17-Apr-43 in B-17 42-5070 'Invasion II'. Plane was on fire when all crew parachuted to safety. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 15519 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Munger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 41-24527 'The Great Speckled Bird' 17-Aug-43; shot down by fighters, A/C crashed Waldeschaff. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 274 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 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

    Group
    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

Aircraft

  • 41-24484 Bad Egg

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; on return from Cognac 43+m 31/12/43, diverted through weather to Gt Dunmow, Andrews Field, then Hunsdon Afd, with Hilary Evers, Co-pilot: Paul McDuffee, Navigator: Frank Keneley,...

  • 41-24527 The Sky Wolf, Great Speckled Bird

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL- ] Bangor 6/9/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; 1m transferred 324BS [DF-Y]; Missing in Action 27+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Bill Munger, Co-pilot: Dave Gladhart, Navigator: John Brickley, Bombardier: Tony Kalupy, Flight engineer/top...

  • 41-9045 Stinky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 3/42; transferred 92BG Bovingdon 24/8/42; crash landed Agricultural College, Athenry, Ireland, near Galway Bay, 15/1/43 ex N/Africa after taking part in 1st Prov Grp of Gen Brereton in Eritrea (as No 8.). En route...

  • 42-107018 LOS ANGELES CITY LIMITS

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 27/1/44; Kearney 17/2/44; Presque Is 5/3/44; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-U] Ridgewell 25/3/44; 72m+ Returned to the USA Bradley 9/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap...

  • 42-29591 'The Shamrock Special'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/1/43; Rapid City 21/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Salina 31/3/43; Memphis 8/4/43; Dow Fd 16/4/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-K] Alconbury 22/4/43; 2m, transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-Z] Bassingbourn 16/6/43; AFSC 15/4/44; Returned to the USA...

  • 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...

  • 42-5070 'Invasion II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/9/42; New Castle 11/10/42; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 14/12/42; Missing in Action 18m Bremen 17/4/43 with Capt Oscar O'Neill, Co-pilot: Bob Friehofer, Navigator: Capt Edwin Carmichael, Bombardier: Capt Edwin Bush,...

  • 44-6293 Sunkist Sue, Peggy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Kearney 26/6/44; Dow Fd 9/7/44; Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-A] Bassingbourn 22/7/44 PEGGY 20+m; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/6/45; Sth Plains 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/12/45. 2m SUNKIST...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born East Aurora, NY 14052, USA 16 October 1918

Son of Gladys E Gaffney.

Lived in San Bernardino, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA 25 October 1941

Fort MacArthur
San Pedro, California

Based Bassingbourn 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 401BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Palm Desert, CA, USA 17 July 2011
Buried Riverside National Cemetery Riverside Riverside County CA 21 July 2011

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 June 2021 14:26:29 acbernstein1 Changes to nickname
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/scrapbook_memories/kidrock.html

Date Contributor Update
25 April 2021 08:31:46 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/630276461
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/73735668/jack-paul-gaffney

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2021 21:16:14 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added associations to the A/C 41-24484, 41-24527, 42-31812, 42-107018 & 44-6293 mentioned in his "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
03 May 2020 11:57:34 RayWells Changes to biography and aircraft associations
Sources

Information from Paul Browne eagles-over-ireland.site50.net

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 14:27:09 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/90817979_jack_p%20gaffney/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=73735668

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2017 13:38:34 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/90817979_jack_p%20gaffney/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=73735668

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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