Saturday, March 08, 2008

Look..Up in the Sky.. It's a Bird..No It's a Plane...

It's a B-17 Flying Fortress... Shayna and I were outside playing baseball, when all of a sudden we heard, what many might recognize... an old time bomber! I ran inside to get the camera and snapped a few shots. FYI, the Memphis Belle was a B-17, as well! Our own private air show! This aircraft is named Liberty Belle. Click here to get this Belle's wartime history. In the 2nd picture, you can see the bombardier looking right at me!

The crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" is shown at an air base in England after completing 25 missions over enemy territory on June 7, 1943.

They are, left to right: Tech. Sgt. Harold P. Loch of Green Bay, Wis., top turret gunner; Staff Sgt. Cecil H. Scott of Altoona, Penn., ball turret gunner; Tech. Sgt. Robert J, Hanson of Walla Walla, Wash., radio operator; Capt. James A. Verinis, New Haven, Conn., co-pilot; Capt. Robert K. Morgan of Ashville, N. C., pilot; Capt. Charles B. Leighton of Lansing, Mich., navigator; Staff Sgt. John P. Quinlan of Yonkers, N. Y., tail gunner; Staff Sgt. Casimer A. Nastal of Detroit, Mich., waist gunner; Capt. Vincent B. Evans of Henderson, Texas, bombardier and Staff Sgt. Clarence E. Wichell of Oak Park, Ill., waist gunner.


At 12:54 AM, Blogger Kim said...

Woo hoo! I love that you included the historical photo and information on the crew. The one I saw was built very near the end of the war and never saw service. It was sold as surplus in 1946 and used for, maybe crop dusting and such odd stuff until it was donated to the organization that restored it and keeps it maintained.
When I was in elementary school we took a field trip out to an airfield near the old El Torro base and saw a lot of WWII planes, and I still remember being impressed by them.
Seattle Daily Photo

PS- did your brother do his bone marrow donation yet? I have a family friend who is on the other side of that process and still recuperating after receiving a perfectly matched donation from a young man. She is a young mom like yourself with three little daughters, and this has been an amazing time in all their lives. It's folks like your brother who give life when they do this. I hope the experience is wonderful for him and successful for the little patient. -K.


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