Fairhead's Crew


 

This crew began with B24H (#681) and finished their tour in a B17G (#963). The crew would experience a "double pucker" mission to Mannheim on the 14th of August 1944.

The crew referred unofficially to their aircraft as "J for Jewboy." Derived from their call letter "J" on their plane and as an afront to Hitler for his treatment of Jews. The mission to Mannheim was the crew's 3rd combat sortie in their new 17, and it would nearly be their last. Heavy and accurate FLAK peppered the aircraft. One burst hit below "Late Again" with its bomb bay doors opened and holed them through-and-through. Inspite of the near misses none of the crew were hit by shrapnel. However, the aircraft was in trouble!

The crew fell behind the formation before she could reach the rally point NW of Mannheim. With all of her superchargers gone, and # 4 smoking, she could not maintain speed and altitude. The pilot, copilot and navigator decided the best route was a direct one home, so at 13.5k feet they left the planned course and made straight for the coast. Eventually, #3 would fail and the pilot and co-pilot would have much difficulty keeping the right wing up.

"Late Again" exited enemy territory over France between Calais and Dunkirque with an altitude of only 5k feet. By the time they made land fall over England they were perilously low, only 2k feet. The had broadcast their predicement to the ASR and rescue crews were standing by. Fortunately, the aircraft held steady at 1k to 1.5k feet and the pilot was able to put his aircraft down at Sudbury, beating other returning elements of the 486th.

"Late Again" suffered 1000+ penetrations of its hull of various sizes. Repairs would take 10 days to affect, giving the crew a brief respite.


CREW INFO
Name Rank Position First Mission Last Mission Status
Cyril H. Fairhead 2nd LT Pilot 05/07/44 ??/??/44 ?
Billie J. Wetzel 2nd LT Co-pilot 05/07/44 ??/??/44 ?
Robert T. "Moose" Mattord 2nd LT Navigator 05/07/44 ??/??/44 ?
Louis R. Waters 2nd LT Bombardier 05/07/44 ??/??/44 ?
Shefton S. "Yohan" Adams S/SGT FE/Top 05/07/44 ??/??/44 ?
Richard A. Wood S/SGT Radio 05/07/44 ??/??/44 Completed tour.
Andrew N. Arrington SGT Gunner 05/07/44 ??/??/44 ?
Anthony Thomas SGT Nose 05/07/44 ??/??/44 ?
Donald V. Reed S/SGT Gunner 05/07/44 ??/??/44 ?
Norman C. Bliss SGT Tail      
John Romancheck   Crew Chief 05/07/44 ??/??/45  
 
MISSION INFO
Mission Date Name ID S/N Type
001 05/07/44 The Un-Limited DM 4x-xx464 B24
003 05/09/44 The Un-Limited M 4x-xx464 B24
005 05/20/44   DK 42-52634 B24H
006 05/23/44   TA 42-52692 B24
007 05/24/44 Sagittarias DH 41-29400 B24
009 05/27/44   DD 4x-xx712 B24
010 05/28/44 Gunga Din ND 41-29505 B24
011 05/29/44 Pisces DG 41-29517 B24
013 05/31/44 Gunga Din ND 41-29505 B24
017 06/06/44   PG 42-52631 B24
021 06/12/44 Lady from Hell PH 42-52681 B24
024 06/16/44 Twentieth Century Wolf (?) NM 42-52483 B24
025 06/17/44   PN 42-52758 B24
026 06/20/44 Lady from Hell PH 42-52681 B24
027 06/20/44   PK 4x-xx561 B24
028 06/22/44 Virgo DK 42-52532 B24
029 06/24/44   NO 42-52749 B24
033 06/28/44 Pisces DD 41-29517 B24
035 06/30/44 Pisces DG 41-29517 B24
037 07/02/44   PE 4x-xx445 B24
040 07/06/44 Pandora's Box TN 42-52714 B24
046 07/18/44   PA 42-52639 B24
051 08/02/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
052 08/03/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
053 08/04/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
057 08/08/44 The Chariot PP 43-38034 B17G
060 08/13/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
065 08/24/44 Winged Virgin DM 43-38149 B17G
066 08/25/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
067 08/26/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
073 09/09/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
074 09/10/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
076 09/12/44   TV 43-37952 B17G
079 09/19/44 Dirty Deuce DJ 43-37963 B17G
080 09/21/44   DB 43-38010 B17G

Completed x Missions


 
Created 05/15/99 Modified 12/23/16

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