323rd Bomb Group, 455th Bomb Squadron
Crew left to right:
Top Row – William S. "Bill" Whitman (Pilot), Chuck Leonard (Bombardier/Navigator), Wallace Pharr (Tail Gunner) Bottom Row – Herb Moore (Engineer), Hank Moen (Pilot), Jim Hoover (Radio Operator/Waist Gunner)
The next two are pictures of "Ginny Lou" in Iceland in 27 May '43. This date corresponds to the 455BS's initial deployment to England so it's a very good possibility she's one of the 455BS's original aircraft.
|I'm not positive on "Ginny's" serial# but I think I've narrowed it down to a very good possibility: 41-31870. While the Sqdn ID Alpha code is "YU", I'm unsure of "Ginny's" individual aircraft code. But, I believe I've narrowed it down to 5 possibilities: D, K, M, Q, or W. I'm personally leaning toward 'D". "Ginny" is also unusual in having the name on the right side of the aircraft. Most fighters and bombers had their nicknames painted on the left. This makes me wonder if "Ginny" had her name repeated on the left side along with other markings such as a mission tally. If you could help me out at all with these questions, I'd appreciate it.|
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