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B-24 Liberator 42-94757 "Dugan Wagon", and 41-29500 "Ramblin' Reck" on mission to Blanchemont France 20 June 1944 | by John Funk from Golden Colorado
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B-24 Liberator 42-94757 "Dugan Wagon", and 41-29500 "Ramblin' Reck" on mission to Blanchemont France 20 June 1944

B-24 Liberator 42-94757 "Dugan Wagon", and 41-29500 "Ramblin' Reck" on mission to Blanchemont France 20 June 1944

 

Lew Funk's mission log states: 6-21-44 Blanchemont and Haute Cote France Target No Ball, 42 Aircrafts, 109.3 Tons Dropped, Results

 

Poor to Fair No Aircrafts Lost, No KIA, No WIA, Time 4:20

  

valortovictory.tripod.com/b24s/42-94757.htm shows "The Dugan Wagon" is aircraft #42-94757 however the June mission logs at

 

valortovictory.tripod.com/1944-06.htm do not list it on the June 20th mission to Blanchemont.

 

valortovictory.tripod.com/b24s/41-29500.htm identifies aircraft 41-29500 as the "Ramblin' Reck" however the June mission logs at

 

valortovictory.tripod.com/1944-06.htm do not list it on mission 19 to Blanchemont.

 

Interestingly the original pictures that Lew Funk filed with HQ had the name mis-recorded as "Blawsermont France 20 June 1944"

 

For the story behind this photo visit www.johnfunk.com/WWII

Online Comments on Flickr:

 

Sheley, D., Online posting, Sept 23, 2011

"Ramblin' Reck"

B-24H-15-CF Liberator

Originally assigned to the 34th BG, later reassigned to 445th BG and lost when the crew was forced to abandon her over Belgium on

 

February 26,1945.

 

"The Dugan Wagon"

B-24J-165-CO Liberator

s/n 44-40482

Survived the war and returned to ZOI to be scrapped.

Originally assigned to 493rd BG.

Transfered to 18th BS, 34th BG on May 31,1944 and flew its last mission with the 34th on August 24,1944.

While at 2nd Base Air Depot it was transfered on December 5,1944 to the Med. Theatre of Operations and assigned to 719th BS, 449th

 

BG, 15th AF.

 

Churchwell, Jana, Online Posting via facebook, 11/15/2013

 

THE ARMY CHECK

 

I’m a rambling wreck from an Army check

And a hell of a Bombardier.

I gave left rudder and opposite stick,

So where do I go from here?

 

In a climbing turn the wing got low

And the gosports began to roar.

I banged the throttle to bring it up

But things got worse than before.

 

“Do me a two spin turn right on the nose,”

The Army pilot said.

So I cleared to the left and cleared to the right

And stalled her out straight ahead.

 

Down and around she began to spin

As pretty as pretty could be.

Till all of a sudden I lost the count

And the spins reached over three.

 

“That’s enough,” said the voice in the front,

In a manner not pleasing to hear.

So back we went to old Gibbs field

As this poem dinned in my ear.

 

I’m a rambling wreck from an Army check

And a hell of a Bombardier.

I gave left rudder and opposite stick

So where do I go from here?

 

--Author Unknown

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Taken on September 20, 2011