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I was just contacted by the grand-daughter of Lloyd Emory, who was shot down on the Jersey Mosquito and survived the war.  The reason she contacted me was that I own a WWII aircraft clock with a hand-written paper taped on the back which says, "B-17 Nancy Lou, 17 Missions Germany."  Does anybody have a photograph of the B-17 or an AAF tail number?  Thanks!  
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My Dad's first B-17 was called the Nancy Lou.  The crew was Seymour Florsheim (pilot), John Sant (co-pilot), John Pearcy (Bombardier) and George Kinsella (Navigator).  But, they ditched it in the Adriatic on April 7th, 1944 on their 4th mission (they all survived).  I doubt that this is their clock, but maybe Lt. Florsheim named his next plane the same.  Lt. Florsheim named the B-17 that my Dad flew on after his wife, Nancy Lou.  I'm going to contact John Pearcy, because he did fly more missions with Seymour Florsheim, maybe it belonged to the second Nancy Lou?  The tail number on this plane was 42-31840 and I don't have a picture unfortunately. 
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My grandfather was Seymour Florsheim (and my grandmother Nancy Louise :-) ).  I would love to see a picture of the clock if you have time to post one and i would be happy to see if I can find a picture of the plane in the pictures I have collected over at my parent's house.  

He did not get to name another plane after that one was ditched in the Adriatic.  He said they were given other planes to fly but did not fly in one specific plane after that.
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Not flying the same plane on every mission is fairly typical once you see the official records.  But I can provide the records of each mission for the men you are discussing although right now it might take a little time because I have a rather large backlog of requests.  But if you want them, I can provide the mission loading lists to you.

Joel

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I'm the grand daughter of Lloyd Emory Powell he was the radio operator on this plane. I would love any information you have about this plane and its crew! My grandpa told me that he went on a milk run in the Jersey Mosquito and was shot down over Austria, he was then a pow in Stallag 17b. He told me he was assigned to Nancy Lou but he never said what happened to it after he was shot down, I don't suppose he knew since he was in prison camp the remainder of the war. I have pictures of him and a few other soldiers as well, maybe you can help me identify them also. You can email me at jessie.dear@ymail.com or I will now be checking this more often, I am excited to here the stories you have to share! Swindy I would really love if you could get me the records of my grampa and both the Jersey Mosquito and Nancy Lou.
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The tail number for "Nancy Lou" that ditched in the Adriatic Sea on 7 April 1944 was 31840.  Full s/n was 42-31840.  And I will begin putting together the missions for your granddaughter, Jessiedear.

Forgot to mention that in Wallace Foreman's book, "B-17 Noseart Directory" it does not list any other Nancy Lou planes in either the 8th or 15th AF but that does not preclude there from being one.  Wally just may not have known about it.  He admitted that he didn't have all the answers.

And before you ask, no the book contains very few noseart pictures.  Wally may have had many but did not put them in the book.  It is, as it says, a directory.

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Jessiedear,

My father-in-law was Roy Shenkel. He passed away just this past August at the age of 96.

He was a Right Waist Gunner on the "Jersey Mosquito.  He was on the same mission as Lloyd Powell -- a bombing run targeting marshalling yards in Zagreb, Yugoslavia -- when it went down. He parachuted to an area near Maribor, was captured by Germans, and spent 13 months as a POW. This included time at Graz (or Gratz) Hospital, at the interrogation facility at Oberursel, the transit camp in Wetzler, Stalag Luft IV and Stalag Luft I.

I am in the process of writing a book about his experiences. I am working with a local veterans' writing group here in Kansas City. I had extensive conversations with Roy, have numerous video interviews from different sources, his own written accounts, and a variety of memorabilia. 

I am still combing through and organizing the mass of materials I have, but would be happy to share anything that you might have an interest in.  Would also welcome contact with anyone with additional information. This could include others who were at Foggia at that same time, or who were in those two camps around the same period, or who have related information.

Very open to sharing with others. But don't want to ramble on here. Thanks.

John Hornbeck

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My father, George Kinsella, was the navigator in Roy Shenkel's crew.  But they only flew 3 missions together, the last being April 5th.  On April 6th, the enlisted crew flew with a different flight crew than my father's.  I have a copy of the MACR for that crash.  And some pictures of some of the crew.  I was in contact with Jessica Dear (Lloyd Powell's granddaughter) and Sean Winn and Dennis Branson about Roy Shenkel and Lloyd Powell.  I did talk to Roy Shenkel a couple of years ago, but I can't find any notes about it.  I'm pretty sure they flew together from Florida to Italy only because there are pctures of Roy in Africa and I am not sure if the transport ship (which a lot of the enlisted crew were on) stopped in Africa. Let me know if you need copies of any of this.  A CD probably would be the best way to send it to you.
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Sure, I would love to have a copy of it, especially on CD.  My mailing address is: Joel  Swindlehurst, PO Box 502, Hines, OR 97738
Thank you so much!!

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Jessiedear,

My father-in-law was Roy Shenkel. He passed away just this past August at the age of 96.

He was a Right Waist Gunner on the "Jersey Mosquito.  He was on the same mission as Lloyd Powell -- a bombing run targeting marshalling yards in Zagreb, Yugoslavia -- when it went down. He parachuted to an area near Maribor, was captured by Germans, and spent 13 months as a POW. This included time at Graz (or Gratz) Hospital, at the interrogation facility at Oberursel, the transit camp in Wetzler, Stalag Luft IV and Stalag Luft I.

I am in the process of writing a book about his experiences. I am working with a local veterans' writing group here in Kansas City. I had extensive conversations with Roy, have numerous video interviews from different sources, his own written accounts, and a variety of memorabilia. 

I am still combing through and organizing the mass of materials I have, but would be happy to share anything that you might have an interest in.  Would also welcome contact with anyone with additional information. This could include others who were at Foggia at that same time, or who were in those two camps around the same period, or who have related information.

Very open to sharing with others. But don't want to ramble on here. Thanks.

John Hornbeck

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I would definitely be interested anything you would wish to share regarding Roy Shenkel and his crew being shot down and imprisoned. Since I am the historian for the 463rd anything and everything would be of value to me.  It would be included in Volume 5 of the Pictorial History CD  that I am compiling currently.  Of course all credit would be posted with your name and relation to Roy. If you wish to share this information with us, you can send it to:
Joel Swindlehurst
Historian, 463rd Bomb Group
PO Box 502
Hines, OR 97738

Thank you so much.


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I have a lot of miscellanous items including some original letters sent to his mother from both Graz Hospital and Prison Camp, the actual Gideons bible that he received from the Red Cross, a journal from Stalag Luft IV, and so on.  I am being very meticulous in going through his belongings to make certain nothing is missed, and I am discovering more and more.  Have thought about donating them to a museum, although they would be hard to part with. 

I have started compiling an inventory of these items.  As soon as that list is put together, I'll send it to you.  That seems like a good place to start.

Thanks again.

John H



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