Crew of "(Batchelor's) Maiden's Delight" prior to deploying to England, Sept. 44.
Standing (L to R): H. R. Martin (FE), H. G. Johnson, Jr., (ROG), C. A. Chandler (Armorer/G), W. W. Cross (BG), W. L. Johnson (G), V. G. Hilt (G). Front (L to R): Hector "Jim" Santa Anna (P), J. B. Chenowith (CP), K. R. Christoph (N), C. J. Seibel (B). W. L. Johnson was transferred to another crew and was killed in action. (reprinted from the O&W N/L winter 92)
On February 25th, the Santa Anna crew was treated to a heavy barrage of FLAK. Batchelor's (Maiden's) Delight was badly damaged, but the crew was miraculously spared. One engine was lost, the others were damaged to some extent, and only one engine was at full power. German gunners on the ground succeeded in shooting out the radio, oxygen system and elevator controls. The gas tanks were like sieves and oil leaked from one of the engines all over the airframe.
Batchelor's Delight was floundering and Santa Anna fought to keep the aircraft airborne and nursed it into friendly territory. There were intercepted by a B-25 which guided them to an allied airfield in Belgium. Both tires of Batchelor's Delight were shot out and LT Santa Anna had to make a crash landing. The aircraft was declared junk and salvaged. The crew returned to England the following day, courtesy of the RAF.
|Name||Rank||Position||First Mission||Last Mission||Status|
|Santa Anna, Hector "Jim"||1st LT||Pilot||03/03/45||Completed tour|
|Chenoweth, J. B.||Copilot||03/03/45||Completed tour|
|Christoph, Karl R.||Navigator||03/03/45||Completed tour, WIA.|
|Seibel, C. J.||Bombardier||03/03/45||Completed tour|
|Martin, H. R.||Flight Engineer/Top||03/03/45||Completed tour|
|Johnson, H. G.||Radio Operator/Waist||03/03/45||Completed tour|
|Chandler, Coy A.||Nose/Tail||03/03/45||Completed tour|
|Cross, W. W.||Ball||03/03/45||Completed tour|
|Hilt, V. G.||Waist||03/03/45||Completed tour|
|106||11/16/44||Old Yard Dog||TF||42-98006||B17G|
|108||11/25/44||Old Yard Dog||TF||42-98006||B17G|
|110||11/30/44||Old Yard Dog||TF||42-98006||B17G|
|111||12/04/44||Old Yard Dog||TF||42-98006||B17G|
|113||12/10/44||Old Yard Dog||TF||42-98006||B17G|
|116||12/16/44||Miss B. Havin||NN||43-38859||B17G|
|120||12/28/44||The Blue Fairy||TJ||43-37942||B17G|
|125||01/02/45||Sleepy Time Gal||PD||42-98007||B17G|
|147||02/19/45||The Blue Fairy||TJ||43-37942||B17G|
Completed 35 Missions
|Created: 09/16/99||Modified: 12/23/16|
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