Feb 27, 2021
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Finally, I got it!
This is a very famous picture of B-17G #42-102560 named „The Thomper“ with the hole in the right wing and the tail gunner is firing his guns.
Only the date of that picture was unknown. I couldn’t find any sources which mention the date of that picture. Only known is the date of loss of „The Thomper“. - 30 November 1944.
But today, I found it. Because of the damage in the right wing, I was very sure, that „The Thomper“ will be under repair after returning. And it will not fly any combat mission for a while. So, I checked the mission history and I found a break between 07 October 1944 and 25 October 1944.
Next, I checked the mission reports for 07 October 1944 and there it is in the mission report: „The hole is 5 ft. long and 2 ft. wide.“
With that result of research, I got the names of the men inside in this picture:
Pilot: Lt. Nelson E. Day
Co-Pilot: Lt. John J. Ferreter
Navigator: Lt. George C. Hood
Bombardier: Lt. Everett D. Andrews
Radio Operator: T/Sgt. Bernard Cooper
Top Turret Gunner: T/Sgt. David C. McQueen
Ball Turret Gunner: S/Sgt. James E. Minaghan
Waist Gunner: S/Sgt. Esker S. Downing
Tail Gunner: S/Sgt. William Ling
By the way: The camera ship is #43-38317 ‚Flak Evader‘ with 1Lt. W. G. Heim’s crew. Photographer was T/Sgt. Oscar J. Hunter.
„The Thomper“ lost on 30 November 1944 with Lt. Charles C. Wicker’s crew. But this is another history:
Web sites for research:
„The Thomper“ mission history:
95th BG’s Mission Report 07 October 1944: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7u2kFLe3K6IMUVuanRRaHBBd28/view