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1624sconnl

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Have a pic of my father Wayne Lee Connell leaning out the pilots window of a parked B-17giving an AOK sign. Dad was ground crew, and did not fly . Would like to know full nickname of bomber and history unfortunately pic only shows the last three letters of name and no numbers. Last three letters are DER. Could be something Thunder or Wonder. Plane has 30 bombs painted on it, and at least 1 swastika ! Thankyou
P.S. Dad was stationed in Foggia, and was one of the last to leave, had to pack everything up !

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I know of two planes in the 463rd with "der" in their names, "Thundermug" and "The Ascender".  The only photo I have seen of "Thundermug" shows the name was on the left side of the nose just behind the nose cone.  I am not aware of any known photos of "The Ascender".  If you have a scanner, could you send a copy of the photo to the 463rd?

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Found another smaller picture of my father sitting in the same plane, but at a greater distance away . More of the nickname is shown on the fuselage. It appears to read "THE BYSTANDER " . Another word is possibly painted over as BYSTANDER reads below THE with the painted over word between the two words. Can anyone tell me the history of this plane. Thanks


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THE bystander

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It's hard to tell if this picture was taken in Italy or perhaps stateside during training.  Although if it was during stateside training, generally they had large numbers painted on the nose of the plane, which they did not have once the ship was sent overseas.  The painting of the bombs and swastika still doesn't mean the photo was taken overseas because many of the 'tired' ships were recycled back to the states to be used as training aircraft.

One thing I usually look for is the pierced-plank matting that was used overseas, both as runway, taxi-way and hard stand material so the planes would not sink into the soft ground.  I can't tell for sure if there is any of that present in this photo.

I'm not saying this was not taken overseas but I agree with Marty on what names it might have had.  There aren't too many choices.  Of course, we don't have nicknames for all the planes that were over there and for the most part, the Group did not keep track of the nicknames in an 'official' list, to my knowledge.

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