Andy's Angels


LT Andrews' crew

The crew of "Andy's Angel." Standing (L to R): Louis "Andy" Andrews (P), John Bruce (CP), Lou Tomsa (B), John Oppitz (N), John D. Ayres (R/O), Samuel Hartley (FE), Gene. Gregory (Top), Cletus Link (TG), B. Faris (BG), SGT Walter Missel (NG). (reprinted from the O&W N/L Summer '90)

On July 4, 1944 "Andy's Angel" was seriously damaged by flak while on the mission to Beaumont, FR. The nose turret and aft fuselage were hit. The gas line to engine #1 was cut, #2 was leaking oil. Engine #3 and right wing suffered hits and the left tire was punctured and went flat on landing. "Angel" returned with a full bomb bay because of damage to the lead plane's GEE-H BTO Radar. While in flight the crew was busy putting the safeties on the 52 100 pounders. The aircraft ran off the runway and "cracked up" in the mud. The return to base had been close. By the time the "Angel" touched down the tanks went dry.

"Andy's Angel" would be repaired, but would not see action again with the 833rd. The squadron transitioned to B17s before "Angel" could be returned to duty. However, Louis Andrews was transferred to the Ferry Command at Romulus, Michigan and would run into #732 again. Andrews received permission to take #732 on one last flight and was able to fly over his hometown of Lansing, MI. "Andy's Angel" would complete 20 missions with the 833rd.


CREW INFO
Name Rank Position First Mission Last Mission Status
Louis H. Andrews, Jr. LT Pilot 05/08/44 08/26/44 Completed tour
John W. Bruce LT Co-pilot 05/08/44    
John A. Oppitz LT Navigator 05/08/44    
Louis R. Tomsa LT Bombardier 05/08/44    
Samuel L. Hartley   Flight Engineer 05/08/44    
John D. Ayres TSGT Radio Operator 05/08/44   Completed tour
Cletus A. Link   Tail 05/08/44    
Gene C. Gregory   Top 05/08/44    
Walter Missel   Nose 05/08/44    
B. Faris   Ball      
John E. Schmutzler   Crew Chief      
 
MISSION INFO
Mission Date Name ID S/N Type
002 05/08/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
003 05/04/44   PK 42-52634 B24H
004 05/11/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
006 05/23/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
009 05/27/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
011 05/29/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
015 06/06/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
018 06/07/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
019 06/08/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
020 06/11/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
021 06/12/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
022 06/14/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
024 06/16/44   PE 4x-xx445 B24H
025 06/17/44   PE 4x-xx445 B24H
026 06/20/44 Andy's Angels PM 42-52732 B24H
029 06/24/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
031 06/25/44 Andy's Angels PM 42-52732 B24H
033 06/28/44 Andy's Angels PM 42-52732 B24H
036 07/01/44 Andy's Angels PM 42-52732 B24H
037 07/02/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
038 07/04/44 Andy's Angel PM 42-52732 B24J
040 07/06/44 Baby Shoe PR 4x-xx991 B24H
043 07/12/44 Andy's Angels PM 42-52732 B24H
044 07/14/44 Swingtime in the Rockies NJ 42-52607 B24J
050 08/01/44 Honeychile PN 43-38029 B17G
055 08/06/44 Honeychile PN 43-38029 B17G
060 08/13/44 Honeychile PN 43-38029 B17G
061 08/14/44 Honeychile NB 43-38029 B17G
062 08/15/44 Honeychile PN 43-38029 B17G
064 08/18/44 Honeychile PN 43-38029 B17G
067 08/26/44 Honeychile PN 43-38029 B17G

Completed 31 Missions


 
Created 05/14/99 Modified 12/23/16

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