flight of the J. L. Patrick crew
B-17 serial number 42-32004
"Pride O the Yanks"
Pride o the Yanks (aka: Pride of the Yanks)
with Andrecheck crew
|Crewmen on the Final Flight of "Pride O the Yanks".|
|Pilot||J. L. Patrick|
|Copilot||A. A. McDonell||KIA in ditching|
|J. F. Spear||KIA in ditching|
|Radio Operator||E. K. Bingham|
|Frank L. Heiden|
|J. E. Ford|
|Waist Gunner||D. J. Harter|
|Tail Gunner||R. J. Rupe||KIA in ditching|
The crew was assembled at Rapid City, South Dakota AAF (later named Ellsworth AFB)
Ellsworth AFB in 2011 (Rapid City AAB)
388th base / Knettishall Website (opens in new window)
RAF Knettishall, Wikipedia
|Name||J. L. Patrick Crew|
|Combat Duty length:||14 days|
|First mission||06 June 44 D Day|
|Last mission||20 June 44|
|Fate||Shot Down - ditched in the North Sea|
|These are the 4 aircraft the Patrick crew flew in their 9 combat missions, in 14 days, from June 6, 1944 to June 20, 1944.|
|We do not
have a picture of:
"their airplane" was Red X Darling / Miss Fortune
aircraft total 90 combat missions
Red X Darling survived the war
Patrick crew normally flew 42-37849 - they flew it 5 missions
Frank Heiden said that it was called "Red X" because she always had a long list of after and before mission "squawks" and "Darling" because she always got them back.
"Millie K" and Paul Kelly, Millie's husband
aircraft total 97 combat missions
Crashed on combat mission Sept 28, 1944 - MACR 9376
Patrick crew flew 42-37878 on 1 mission
Skipper and the Kids / Rough Deal
aircraft total 78 combat missions
Patrick crew flew 42-97286 for 1 mission
Delivered: Cheyenne 15/2/44; Kearney 4/3/44; Grenier 15/3/44;
Assigned: 398BG Nuthampstead 12/3/44;
Transferred: 560BS/388BG Knettishall 13/3/44;
detailed from Prestwick with special cargo (probably whiskey!) but lost way in poor weather, and crash-landed Isle of Arran, UK 11/12/44
Pilot: John Littlejohn; all killed.
Wreck not found until weeks later by a local shepherd.
Source: B-17 Master Log - Dave Osbourne. http://www.8thafhs.com/db/get_one_acgroup.php?acgroup_id=29
*B-17G 42-97286, Skipper and the Kids, of the 560th Bombardment Squadron, 388th Bombardment Group flew into the eastern face of Beinn Nuis on the Isle of Arran on December 10, 1944 while on a flight from Knettishall to Prestwick.
Pride O the Yanks
aircraft total 61 combat missions
Patrick crew flew 42-32004 for 2 missions
Ditched in the North Sea June 20, 1944 with the J. L. Patrick crew on board. 7 survived the ditching and were captured.
Heiden had little love for the Pride O the Yanks.
Joseph Leon Patrick
Joseph Leon Patrick crew
Alexander Angus McDonell
War Memorial.- Columbia.University Angus A McDonell
James Fenley Spear Jr.
click pic for full size registration card
(thanks Rene Bosma)
(thanks for finding this pic - Rene Bosma)
more info? JL_Patrick_crew information and photos
Earwell Kay Bingham
also "Kay Bingham"
(Earwell) Kay Bingham
from 1947 Gila Junior College at Thatcher, Arizona, USA
|Engineer||Ricki Dale Rarick|
Andrew (nmi) Vuksta
AAF serial number 15323475
Place of enlistment Ft Hayes, Columbus, OH
enlistment date October 23, 1942
civilian occupation welder
birth Nov 6, 1922
death July 1, 1972
Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery