310th Bomb Group 380th Bomb Squadron based in Ghisonaccia, Corsica

310th BG 380th BS - SN 43-27573 - BELLE OF BROADWAY
PILOT UNKNOWN
CREW CHIEF UNKNOWN
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Documentation in progress.

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310th BG 380th BS - SN 43-27575 - SKONK CHASER
PILOT 1ST LT DICK GIMMI
CREW CHIEF T/SGT LEW P WILLIAM
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310th BG 380th BS - SN 44-28925 - HOW BOOT THAT?!
PILOT LT. HARRY C. BURMESTER
CREW CHIEF S/SGT. AL JARZYKA
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Kent Smith of the CAF writes (edited from two emails we received):


"How Boot That?! ... was documented in Harry Burmester's album. Harry is from northern California around Frisco. He is a retired dentist. Russell Grigsby of Taylorville, Ill, was the bombardier ... Henry P. Malinowski , from Stubenville,Ohio is depicted as co-pilot on the restoration. He was only copilot a short time. He was KIA on 4 April,1945 when his plane collided with Don Oliver's shortly after the break after the bomb run.

"The real "How Boot That" was restored by Carl Scholl and Aero Trader and is owned by Jim Cavanaugh [ Cavanaugh Flight Museum ]in Texas. Ray( Jack )Kowalic was the nose artist on both (MISS MITCHELL and HOW BOOT THAT?!) originally, and painted both restorations."

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310th BG 380th BS - SN 43-27676 - THE LITTLE KING
AIRPLANE COMMANDER HOWARD KING
CREW CHIEF SGT. F. B. DEAN
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Kent Smith of the CAF writes:

"Little King 43-27575, Crew chief Frank B. Dean is the unofficial historian of the Squadron. It was named after The Little King comic strip( now evolved to King Features Syndicate). Howard King of Texas was the first pilot."

Also, Dominique Taddei Author of USS Corsica writes this:

" The Crew Chief was Frank B Dean, he lives in Warner Robins GA. I met him there. A real historian and a poet. The Little King had a bad war experience, a frag bomb hit the right wing, landed on the copilot knees, panicking he bailed out, the top gunner left his seat, took the frag bomb, threw it outside and a few seconds, after the frag bomb blew up. The plane went back safely to the base. The Copilot has been MIA, they never found his body. "

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310th BG 380th BS - SN 43-27493 - MISS MITCHELL
AIRPLANE COMMANDER LT. F. CROSS
CREW CHIEF SGT. RAY OSTLIE
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Kent Smith of the CAF MN Wing writes about some of the history and information they used to restore Miss Mitchell.


"Ray Ostlie , the Crew Chief, told me they intended to paint mission markers on the left side with the nose art. That is why Kowalic left the cape off the picture. ... The girl is from the December,1943 issue of Esquire, and entitled There will always be a Christmas. Alberto Vargas was the original artist for Esquire. Then they ended up painting the tally on the right blast plate. I painted 122 little bombs because on the back of a picture he sent home to his Dad, he wrote on the back " the old girl has 122 missions on her".

My logic was this is probably how she looked on 10 March, 1945, when the group was awarded The Presidential Unit Citation for the mission to bomb the bridges at Ora, Italy. I documented that she flew to the end of the war and returned home. She was stored at Phillips Field, Laural, Mississippi, along with most other surviving 380 airplanes.

...Then , in the summer of 1946 she was flown to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds for weapons testing. They would aim a camera at a spot then film an experimental projectile piercing the spot, and film the results , so they could review in slow motion. I was told that B-25's were parked in between the entrance and exit there well into the 60's. There was also a scrap dealer who had one in front of his business for quite a while. So it's hard to tell how long she survived. "

"Miss Mitchell" has been replicated and flys with the CAF MN Wing . Miss Mitchell's" original Crew Chief , Ray Ostlie is a member of our CAF Wing. So is her second pilot Art Ensley, although he lives in Ohio and we don't see much of him. Her first pilot was Max Bell who was in Covina, California... The last pilot named on the side was Donald E. Oliver. He was K.I.A. 4 April, 1945. We display his name as Airplane Commander on our restoration. Ray( Jack )Kowalic was the nose artist on both (MISS MITCHELL and HOW BOOT THAT?!) originally, and painted both restorations.

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310th BG 380th BS - SN 43-27571 - SHE'S ENGAGED
AIRPLANE COMMANDER FIRST LT. JOHN W.ALLEN
CREW CHIEF T/SGT. ELTON T. LARSEN
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Thanks to Kent Smith for providing the calrification of the background color of the vargas Esquire girl. Further Documentaion is in progress.

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310th BG 380th BS - SN 43-27654 - WISE DECISION
AIRPLANE COMMANDER LT. B. CROSS
CREW CHIEF SGT. LEON A. GEORGE
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Thanks to Dominique Taddei for providing valuable information. You can also read in detail about Bonham Cross in an interview with the "Deaf Pilots Association, Inc."

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310th BG 380th BS - SN ????? - NANCY
AIRPLANE COMMANDER UNKNOWN
CREW CHIEF UNKNOWN
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310th BG 380th BS - SN 44-28717 - THUNDERHEAD
AIRPLANE COMMANDER UNKNOWN
CREW CHIEF UNKNOWN
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310th BG 380th BS - SN 43-27562 - GOING MY WAY
AIRPLANE COMMANDER UNKNOWN
CREW CHIEF UNKNOWN
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310th BG 380th BS - SN 43-27737 - Ohhh Oklahoma Bettsie
AIRPLANE COMMANDER UNKNOWN
CREW CHIEF UNKNOWN
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310th BG 380th BS - Generic, no serial number
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