After each mission, the men of the 306th BG would take a candle and smoke the ceiling of the officers’ club with the date and target for the day’s mission. (The 306th Bomb Group Historical Society, Dr. Thurman Shuller collection.)
P-51D Mustang 44-15589 LH-Q “Lady Gwen II” of Capt. Robert W Abernathy, 350th Fighter Squadron, a replacement for the first “Lady Gwen” 44-14811. Seen in front of Lady Gwen II are (L) F/O. Glenn Everett Stapp, Indianapolis of the 351st FS and (R) Lt. William A Manahan, Romeo, MI of the 350th FS. Both pilots were very late replacements in the 353rd FG but still managed five and six missions respectively. USAAF Station 157, Raydon, Suffolk, UK, April 1945 Lt. Manahan went on to serve in the
Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Not published in LIFE. American B-17 bomber during World War II, England, 1942. Read more: http://life.time.com/history/world-war-ii-color-photos-of-u-s-bombers-and-crews-in-england-1942/#ixzz2N3jCbTXq
Lt. Warren S. Emerson of Neligh, Nebraska (right) downed two ME-110s over Kiel during a recent raid and although he was wounded, flew his damaged plane back to his British base. The Mustang pilot tells his story to his group commander, Col. Kenneth R. Martin (left) of Kansas City, MO, who holds the DFC. Feb. 2, 1044.