Ed Stegeman I visited your website in the past looking for info about the 387th/557th because of a tail gunner by the name of Otto Kirchner, of Avon Lake, Ohio.

One record reveals that 42-107583 at one time was coded N3-C. Wishing the Bartels, the Welborns, and the B-26 family a happy and healthy new year!

Additionally, did the 22nd Bombardment Group ever fly the Douglas A-20?

One (42-95838) in the 344th BG had great nose art, and the name Lt. Coincidentally, that Sleepy Time Gal was also shot down on 23DEC44 with loss of that crew. Bartels downed Sleepy Time Gal is clearly marked 42-107583. 43-34455 Crashed on take off after losing an engine at Peronne, FR, based on his 29JAN45 diary entry. If someone knows about this incident or has a MACR, I would like the identity of the a/c if possible. Bartels and his crew will be honored and remembered. He spoke fondly of his wife, Ida, who lives in South Dakota at age 90.

In my search for facts I discovered that there were TWO Sleepy Time Gals in the B-26 ranks. His crew was listed as missing in action, but they made it back to the 1st Pathfinders base on 19FEB45.

He'd tell you about the spiral painted spinners on the Me-109s as they'd pass thru the bomber formations and wouldn't hesitate to remind us in the younger generation how fortunate we are to have our freedom. Tyszkiewicz Aircraft & Missions January 14, 1945 Aircraft 41-34942 YU-U "Jolly Roger" Target Steinbruck Road Bridge See microfilm reel B0270 Frame 00605 April 25, 1945 Aircraft 44-68154 YU-S no assigned name Target Erding Airfield, Germany See microfilm reel B0273 Frame 00467My name is Duryea Warn and I am a veteran of the 391st BG 572nd SQDN.

Otto was, as he said, a replacement crew member and used to tell us about how he 'd start whistling as they got deeper in enemy territory and how it'd drive his fellow crew members crazy.

One can vaguely see a portion of a 3 or 8, and possibly an adjacent N. Its been my privilege to interact with the Bartels family who would appreciate hearing from anyone having further knowledge or photos of the Sleepy Time Gal.

There is no nose art visible on the co-pilots side of the plane, nor is there a squadron code on the fuselage. His last mission (50th): crash-landed an unknown B-26 on 16FEB45 near Eindhoven, Netherlands. He and his crew belly-landed after flak severed a fuel line. Perhaps a missing piece of the 23DEC44 Pathfinder historical puzzle will be restored as well. He mentioned the names of several pilots with whom he hunted, fished, and flew.However, hearsay spread among the 22nd BG that the plane rolled over and crashed due to a flap malfunction. To compensate for its weight, Martin had been arranging over 600 pounds of spares and accessories, including engine and canopy covers, chocks, wing stands, nosewheel jacks, engine and prop slings, and a wide variety of spare parts, in the rear fuselages of the two-dozen or so planes delivered.Such divergence of stories emphasizes one of the basic problems in accident investigation: lack of firsthand knowledge. Without considering the effect on the balance of their new planes, 22nd BG118th RS personnel had removed them, putting them into squadron inventories." [read more]I'm not part of the era of history, however I would have been proud to be a part of history. I have been doing research on the 22nd Bombardment Group, which consisted of the following squadrons: 2nd Bomb Sqd, 19th Bomb Sqd., 33rd Bomb Sqd. I need two answers, first, It seems they flew many aircraft.By checking the American Battle Monuments Commission website, I've found two names that match those above : George P. If you can give me some information about their mission, confirm the date and the location of the crash and the name of the other crew members, this would be fantastic. PRATT, SR., 9TH AIR FORCE, 453rd BOMB SQUADRON, 323rd BOMB GROUP It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Lt. Surviving are his wife Bertha Pratt, three of his four children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Bill (as we called him) also told me his first plane is at the bottom of the English Channel, so there may be 2 aircraft that he flew in. Gunner; T/Sgt Rodney Elam, Radio-Gunner; S/Sgt Rocky Ianni, Armorer Gunner They are standing in front of aircraft L J4 (painted on nose) The tail has the top painted white or yellow, its a B/W photo so it is hard to say which, and the Prop bosses are also painted white or yellow.Thanks, Christophe Buchet To members of the 9th Air Force, 453rd Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group, and their descendants: NOTIFICATION OF PASSING OF LT. Roy enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a young, 20-year old Flying Cadet in November 1940 and separated from the service in April 1946. And he has a DFC for kicking out a stuck bomb on one mission, which his daughters did not know. (Why would an aircraft at this time have its markings on the front instead of the back of the aircraft? When you see several B-26's with the same code ie., VT-S this is because combat planes turned over very quickly due to combat damage, missing in action or through accidents.Not only was there very little wreckage suitable for study, but the Air Corps' report is missing. At least the landing problems seemed to be under control.