B-17 Flying Fortress 44-8629 "Purty Chili"
B-17 Flying Fortress 44-8629 "Purty Chili" Tail Number D-48629
More information about this aircraft is at: valortovictory.tripod.com/photo17/44-8629ph.htm"
Here is a story about the name of the aircraft from Val J. McCellan published in the June 1992 issue of "Mendlesham Memories"
We were given a new B-17G on January 10, 1945 and briefed to bomb Cologne with six 1000 pound AP's at a temperature of 53 degrees below zero cent igrade. This plane had the new plexiglass waist windows , which certainly reduced the cold in that area. The Bombadier , Lee Sacherman, would give the regular oxygen checks and the response from Harold Griffin, the tail gunner, was always " It's purty chilly". The temperature was later reported at 67 degrees below centigrade. We had heard that phrase, "It's purty chilly" all day so, when we landed, decided to name the plane that. I'm not sure the actress named Chilly Williams was ever mentioned. In fact, I'm not sure I had ever heard of her then.
Online Comments on Flickr:
Sheley, D., Online posting, February 20, 2011
Interesting photo. It shows the plane before the nose art was finished.
Lockheed/Vega B-17G-75-VE Flying Fortress
391st BS, 34th BG, 8th AF
Reportedly named after an actress named Chili Williams.
For the story behind this photo visit www.johnfunk.com/WWII