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 Lady Luck

324th Squadron

Lt. Weitzenfeld's Crew

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Serial # 42-29837

Back Row - Left to Right

S/Sgt. C.L. Hughes, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner; S/Sgt. H.M. Greeno, Waist Gunner; S/Sgt. Frank J. Vidmar, Ball Turret Gunner; S/Sgt. O.B. Price, Tail Gunner; S/Sgt. B.J. Bayer, Waist Gunner; T/Sgt. Harry F. Smith, Radio Operator

Front Row - Left to Right

1st Lt. James D. Worley, Navigator; 1st Lt. Richard W. Weitzenfeld, Pilot; 1st Lt. M.A. Berg, Co-pilot; 2nd Lt. J.B. Vickety, Bombardier

(Lt. Berg may be incorrect as it could be Lt. Dibble)

Photo contributed by William Squires

Lady Luck Factoid - This crew also flew some missions on "Little Joe," which had a skull and cross-bones as the nose art.

The first Lady Luck arrived at the Cheyenne airport 24 Feb. 1943 for outfitting by the United Airlines Maintenance Center for Instruments and Guns. Next, it went to Duncan Field in San Antonio, Texas, which is now known as Kelly Field. It was then assigned to the 91st Bomb Group, 324th Squadron, at Bassingbourn, England. Lady Luck was transferred to Shipdam (RG?; maybe RAF Shipdam station), Norfolk, England on 10 Oct. 1943. (Info in this paragraph provided by Loren Glenn.

Lady Luck flew her final combat mission on 25 Feb. 1944 to Augsburg with Lt. John Klotz's crew, then returned to the U.S.A. for a War Bond tour. The aircraft was scrapped at Stillwater, OK after the war. Lady Luck left Bassingbourn on 6 April 1944.

Mission Card of 2nd Lt. James Worley (ASN 0-790317), "Lady Luck" Navigator

Attached to 66-1 Form

Dates
Locations
Awards
1. May 14, 1943 Kiel, Germany  
2. May 17, 1943 Lorient, France (last flight of Memphis Belle)
3. May 21, 1943 Wilhelmshaven, Germany  
4. May 29, 1943 St. Nazaire, France  
5. June 11, 1943 Hague, Holland Air Medal
6. June 13, 1943 Breman, Germany  
7. June 15, 1943 primary target La Mans, France  
8. June 26, 1943 Villa Coublay, France  
9. June 28, 1943 St. Nazaire, France  
10. June 29, 1943 Triqueville, France Oak Leaf Cluster
11. July 4, 1943 Le Mans, France  
12. July 10, 1943 Villa Coublay, France  
13. July 14, 1943 Amiens, France  
14. July 17, 1943 primary target Hanover, Germany  
15. July 24, 1943 Heroya, Norway Oak Leaf Cluster
16. July 25, 1943 Hamburg, Germany  
17. July 29, 1943 Kiel, Germany  
18. July 30, 1943 Kassel, Germany  
19. Aug. 12, 1943 Gilsenkirchen, Germany  
20. Aug. 15, 1943 Flushing, Belgium Oak Leaf Cluster
21. Aug. 16, 1943 Paris, France  
22. Aug. 17, 1943 Schweinfurt, Germany  
23. Aug. 24, 1943 Villa Coublay, France  
24. Aug. 27, 1943 Watten, France  
25. Aug. 31, 1943 Romilly, France DFC

 

 

 

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