Ace of Hearts, dropping bombs on the target at Ludwigshafen on Feb 1st, 1945.
Serial No. 42-106998 Name: Paper Doll
Serial No. 42-32051 Name: Lady Luck
"Crack Up" of the 457th Bomb Group at Glatton before being transferred to the 305BG on May 23rd, 1945.
Serial No. 97190 Name: Hitler's Milkman
Serial No. 42-106998 & 42-107026 Name: Paper Doll & Hamtramack Mama
Paper Doll, being serviced on the hardstand.
Hamtramak Mama just after bomb release over the target.
A closeup view of the nose and name of Lady Luck.
1 BD, 94 CBW: 21 Jan 1944
1 AD, 94 CBW: 1 Jan 1945
GLATTON 21 Jan. 44-21 Jun. 45
Col. James R. Luper 4 Jan. 1944 - 7 Oct. 1944, POW.
Col. Harris E Rogner 11 Oct. 1944 - Aug. 1945.
First Mission: 21 Feb 1944
Last Mission: 20 Apr 1945
Total Sorties: 7,086
Total Bomb Tonnage: 16,916 Tons
Aircraft MIA: 83
Activated 1 July 1943 at Geiger Fd, Wash. Group was assembled at Rapid City, SD. from 9 July 1943 and underwent training. Training continued at Ephrata AAB, Wash. from the 23rd October 1943 to December 1943. Final preparation for overseas service at Wendover Fd, Utah, 4 December 1943 to 1 January 1944.
Redeployed to the US in May 1945. The aircraft left Glatton 9-23 May. Ground crew departed on the 21st June 1945 and sailed on Queen Elizabeth from Gourock, 24 June 1945, and arrived in New York 29 June 1945. Personnel assembled Sioux Falls AAFd, SD. in late Jul. 45. The group was inactivated at this base on the 28th August 1945.