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Nicholas Radosevich


Radosevich was the assigned captain of crew 41, which was designated a 'model' crew and intended to train other crews joining the 734th Bomb Squadron. Before travelling to the UK, he was given Penelope, a cocker spaniel, who inspired the name of his aircraft "Lucky Penny."

From January to July 1944, Radosevich completed 32 missions. After his final mission on 23 June 1944, his commanding officer Jimmy Stewart collected his crew from the flight line and drove them back in his jeep.

After returning to the US Radosevich became a B-29 Superfortress instructor pilot in Kansas.

After the war he enrolled in Ohio State University to study Physical Education, and embarked on a career in quality control inspection. Radosevich died, aged 99, on 27 September 2016.



  • Robert Burgess

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Luther Clark

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Flew on the 'Lucky Penny 1 & II Became a B-29 instructor pilot after returning from Europe. Retired from Eastern Air Lines in June 1981. In retirement he had a motorhome with a painting on the back of his B-24 returning over the white cliffs of Dover.

  • Penelope Cocker Spaniel

    Civilian | Mascot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Penelope was the pet dog of Nicholas Radosevich of the 453rd Bomb Group. He named the B-24 Liberators he flew "Lucky Penny" after her. ...

  • Joseph Craft

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny'

  • Robert Hanson

    Military | Sergeant | Engineer | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Laddie Head

    Military | Assistant Flight Engineer; Crew Chief | 453rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny

  • Leslie Lee

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 453rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny'

  • Carl Powell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny' Carl died of cancer June 1989

  • Edmund Survilla

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Arm Chief | 453rd Bomb Group
    Flew on 'Lucky Penny'

  • Edmund Terwilliger

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 734th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-52169 Lucky Penny

    B-24 Liberator
    The aircraft was named Lucky Penny after Penelope, the pet dog of pilot Nicholas Radosevich. The nose art was also painted in her likeness. ...

  • 42-95312 Lucky Penny

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 734th Bomb Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group. The aircraft completed its first mission on 9 May 1944. It was the second aircraft to be named Lucky Penny after Penelope, the pet dog of Pilot Nicholas Radosevich. ...


  • 8th Air Force 221

    13 February 1944
    17 V-Wepons sites in France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is divided into two separate forces: one force of B-24s from 2nd Bomb Division and one force of B-17s from 3rd Bomb Division. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 293

    9 April 1944

  • 8th Air Force 295

    10 April 1944

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 332

    1 May 1944

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Associated Place

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


Event Location Date
Born Lorain, Ohio 21 September 1917
Enlisted 1940
Based Old Buckenham January 1944 – June 1944
Died Tampa Bay 27 September 2016
Assigned to 453rd Bomb Group Pocatello, Idaho


Date Contributor Update
27 May 2021 08:44:42 Emily Changes to nickname, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

A Retrospective View - World War II 1940-1945, by Reverend Ed Walker and Nicholas Radosevich (1995) at the Second Air Division Digital Archive, Obituary, newspaper story: Pilot Flies Back in Time published in the Tampa Bay Times, 2010

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2018 14:20:19 daba82 Changes to service number

AAF Record Transcription Project

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / book:A Retrospective View - World War II 1940 -1945