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KW172172 B-17G 42-97292 'Bachelor's Bride' - B-17G 42-107033 'My Baby'


Boeing Flying Fortress B-17G 42-97292 'Bachelor's Bride' LC-C 322 BS 91 BG

Delivered Cheyenne 16/2/44; Gr Island 2/3/44; Grenier 22/3/44.

Assigned 322BS/91BG LG-C Bassingbourn 7/4/44.
Missing in Action Toulouse 25/6/44 with Farrall Goodrich, Co-pilot: Stan Spencer, Navigator: John Smith, Bombardier: Harry Kurras, ttg-Bill Zura, Radio Operator: Jesse Craghead{Wounded in Action}, Ball turret gunner: Bill Fann{Wounded in Action}, Waist gunner: Edwin Braun,Tail gunner: John Callaghan (9INT); flak KO'd before enemy aircraft hit, force landed uphill in Spanish meadow, La Campa de Erandio, Sondico, ten miles NE of Bilbao, Spain.

Missing Air Crew Report 6545.



Patrick N. Kennedy (91st Bomb Group)
The Saga of Bachelors Bride began at Ardmore, Oklahoma the last part of 1943. Howard (Robbie) Robertson was a pilot and instructor there and I was a Bombardier instructor. He was assigned to take a crew to England that had just completed Phase Training and my request to go with him was granted.
This is all by the way a preface on how a painting of a beautiful lady came to grace the nose of a B-17G. The crew wanted to call the new plane bachelors pride. The crew also decided they would like a pin-up girl on the nose. A painting done by my sister, Margaret Hays, of a nude redhead on a billowy white cloud, struck their fancy and that was it. The name did not fit the pin-up so some bright crew member said lets' call her Bachelors Bride, an oxymoron if there ever was one. We should have named her lucky Bride, instead we came to call her Bride, because in our way of thinking we were married to her. At any rate the pin-up went into Starcers' paint shop and he painted a copy of it on the nose of LG-C.
Credit must be given to the crew who flew it on its last mission. They performed in the best tradition on the 91st. It was unfortunate that some of the crew were severely injured on their forced landing. I feel a special bond with them and am thankful they survived. The bride served them well.




Boeing Flying Fortress B-17G 42-107033 'My Baby' LG-D 322 BS 91 BG

Delivered Tulsa 2/2/44; Grenier 7/3/44; with Jim Raymond force landed base 11/3/44.
Assigned 324BS/91BG (DF-Z/D) Bassingbourn 24/3/44; 322BS (LG-D)

Missing in Action 58 mission Ludwigshafen 5/9/44.

Ernie Kelley, Co-pilot: Andy Anderson, Navigator: Alton Karoll, Bombardier: George Lancaster, Radio Operator: Grover Nordman, Ball turret gunner: Ed Duemmer, Waist gunner: Zalma Mitchell (7 evaded capture); Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Ira Krammes (Prisoner of War);Tail gunner: Dick Doyle (Killed in Action); mech fault put #3 out, then flak hit #4.
Crashed near Bazailles, SE of Longyon, France.

Missing Air Crew Report 8595.

(Years later Kelley returned to France when ship was dug up.)

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Kitsworld B17G 42-97292 LG-C Bachelors Bride
Kitsworld B17G 42-97292 LG-C Bachelors Bride
Kitsworld B17G 42-97292 LG-C Bachelors Bride
B17G 42-107033 'My Baby'

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KW172173 Boeing Flying Fortress B -17G 'Commando Chief' 44-6585 - 'Margie' 44-8648

Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Commando Chief' H-K 44-6585 423 BS, 306 BG.
40th Combat Bombardment Wing (Heavy) 1st Bombardment Air Division.
Thurleigh, Bedfordshire. Was transferred to the381st Bomb Group at Ridgewell in May 1945. Retired to Kingman, AZ Dec 1, 1945.
Construction number 22808 Built Douglas Longbeach.

Aircraft: B-17G (#44-6585).
Organisation: / BAD1 of Burtonwood, Lancashire.
Pilot: Rollins, Jack K.
Notes: taxiing accident.
Location: Prestwick, Scotland.
Damage (0-5 increasing damage): 3

In August 1944 a horizontal 44" wide yellow band, trimmed at the top and the bottom with a 2" wide black stripe. Was added to the upper tail section of all group aircraft. At the same time, the fuselage codes were directed to be applied in black paint. February 1945 all the codes were ordered to be removed from the fuselage area altogether. The familiar 48" call-letter on the tail remained.



Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Margie' DF-D 44-8648 324 BS, 306 BG.
94th Combat Group 1st Bombardment Division.

1943-1945 based at Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, England.

Mission 225 Target : Hagen.
Five minutes after taking off She came back to the airfield with two engines out and made what the control tower called 'a pretty hot landing', eventually going off the end of the runway. The crew quickly changed into the spare PFF ship, and were airborne within 20 minutes of landing.
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B-17G Commando Chief
B-17G Commando Chief and Crew
B-17G Margie
B-17G Margie Nose Turret removed

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KW172174 Boeing Flying Fortress B -17G 'Homesick Angel 42-107135 - 'Madam Shoo Shoo' 43-37786

Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Homesick Angel' XA-N 42-107135 549 BS, 385 BG.


Assigned to 549th squadron on 24th April 1944, "Homesick Angel" was named by Robert Milligan who described the plane as "... easy to handle and a dream to fly -- like a good woman!" Anne Haywood's first painting showed a more scantily clad figure which higher authority order to be covered.


This was an all too common cry with many nose art paintings which were deemed to have been inappropriate. "Cover up or clean off!" was the order of the day. Anne painted the crew's jackets with this design which, enlarged to full size on the side of the B17G, proved to be a colourful image not easily missed.

Flak shot out two engines on 15th August 1944 over Munster. Attempting to reach the North Sea, pilot Lt Rosener was forced to ditch prematurely into the Zuider Zee. The crew scrambled into their dingies and were picked up by Dutch fishermen -- but later had to be handed over to a German patrol boat. A replacement Fort at Great Ashfield was named as "Angel's Sister".



Nose art painted by Anne Haywood.

American Red Cross Aero Club, 385th Bomb Group, Great Ashfield.





Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Madam Shoo Shoo' XA-Z 43-37786 HR-Z 551 BS, 385th BG.
Madam Shoo Shoo 43-37786 551BS 385BG
Clark Rollins' crew requested this stunning piece of work portraying "Madam Shoo Shoo". The life-sized figure showed Haywood's talent at its best and there is a rare piece of cine footage showing Anne actually painting the artwork.

Arriving at Great Ashfield in mid June 1944, the aircraft suffered severe damage in November but survived and continued until hostilities ceased. By which time it successfully completed 76 combat missions and had been flown by more than 30 different crews.
It was flown back to Bradley Field, USA, a year after arrival in England and was scrapped at Kingman Field, Arizona at the end of 1945.


Nose art painted by Anne Haywood.

American Red Cross Aero Club, 385th Bomb Group, Great Ashfield.

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B-17G Homesick Angel
B-17G Madam Shoo Shoo
B-17G Madam Shoo Shoo

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KW172175 Boeing Flying Fortress B -17G 'Ice Col' Katy' 44-6115 - 'Anxious Angel' 43-38035

Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Ice Col' Katy' GD-Q 44-6115 534th BS, 381 BG.
Douglas/Long Beach B-17G-40-DL Fortress
serial number: 44-6115
Combat Wing Assignment: 1st CBW
Base: Ridgewell, England
Group tail code: L (triangle symbol)
381st BG squadrons identification codes: GD - 534th Bomb Squadron.



Boeing Flying Fortress B- 17G 'Anxious Angel' LL-F 43-38035 LL-F 401st BS, 91 BG.

This was one of Starcer's rare nudes and it showed the high level of skill and paint manipulation that he achieved. The flesh tones are superb although the girl's legs are extraordinarily long. As with many of his nose art paintings, Starcer included his signature -- a useful aid, if one is needed, for historians.

"Anxious Angel" accrued over 70 combat missions, more than one third of them were flown by Dick Gibson's crew who named the plane and commissioned Starcer to paint its raunchy artwork. Towards the end of the war, the aircraft was fitted with radio counter measure equipment to confuse German ground radar which guided the flak gunners and fighters, no doubt causing many an anxious moment for plane and crew. Surviving hostilities, "Anxious Angel" was flown back to the USA on 8th June 1945 with a crew of ten plus ten passenger ground crew.


Delivered Cheyenne 19/6/44; Kearney 29/6/44; Dow Fd 11/7/44; Assigned 385BG PFF Gt Ashfield 13/7/44; transferred 401BS/91BG [LL-F] Bassingbourn 14/7/44; 70+m Returned to the USA Bradley 11/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 14/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 5/12/45. ANXIOUS ANGEL.






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B-17G Ice Cold Katy
B-17G Ice Cold Katy and Crew
B-17G Anxious Angel nose art
B-17G Anxious Angel

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KW172176 Boeing Flying Fortress B -17E ‘Suzy Q’ 41-2489 - ‘Yankee Diddler’ 41-2472

Boeing Flying Fortress B-17E of the Pacific - 41-2489 'Suzy Q' 19th BG, Java Southwest Pacific 1943.
Beoing Flying Fortress B-17E of the Pacific - 41-2472 'Yankee Diddler' 5th AF, 43rd BG, 7 Mile Drome Jackson 1943.


Also available now in 1/48 scale - 1/32 scale will be available soon.





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B-17E Suzy Q
B-17E Suzy Q Nose Art
B-17 Yankee Diddler

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KW172138 B-17E NEMESIS OF AEROEMBOLISM'

This pack contains decals for two of the three B-17's used for the testing of high altitude flight to and above 35,000 feet by Boeing in collaboration with the Aero Medical Laboratory at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio.

The three specialised B-17s were known as "Fortress Research Laboratories" B-17E No13, 41-2407, B-17E No. 7, 41-2399 and B-17C No. 1, 40-2042 (not included).


B-17E 41-2407 No.13 'NEMESIS OF AEROEMBOLISM' Boeing Flight Test Laboratory, Muroc Field, 1941-1943. 41-2407 to storage at Davis Monthan Aug 1, 1946

B-17E 41-2399 No.7 'NEMESIS OF AEROEMBOLISM' Boeing Flight Test Laboratory, Muroc Field, 1941-1943. 41-2399 to storage RFC at Stillwater Sep 19, 1945.

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Kitsworld B-17E 41-2407 'Major' the high flying St Bernhard
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