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Army Air Corps personnel - Bassingbourn, England

M/Sgt. Hank Cordes Crew Cheif of Shoo Shoo Baby on a "CREEP" built by a group of 401st men.   (B-17 "Passes Cancelled " in the background.) 

In June 1943 the following article was written in the Stars and Stripes, by Sgt. Henry Heuberger. Home Made Gadget Keeps em Flying. Ground Crew Builds "Creep" To Cut Bombers Service Time.
A USAAF BOMBER STATION< England, May 1
1943---------------------------------------------Ground crew trouble shooters on this field have built themselves a gadget they call a "Creep "which has cut hours off the time formerly required to keep planes in flying order". Self powered, the "Creep" skids around at 35 miles per hour, enabling her operators to get to any part of the dispersal area in short order. The "creep" with a fuel capacity of three pints gets 60 miles on a gallon of gas. Once alongside the plane, the instruments and equipment carried by the "creep enable her operators to do any of the following. Check booster coils, run drop cords to a plane, furnish power for soldering irons, check ignition harnesses and high altitude heating suits, check the entire instrument panel or even furnish auxiliary power for starting a balky engine on a plane. Powered by a one-cylinder energizer motor, the "creep" has two wheel brakes, a self-starter. a blast horn. a self-starting generator, a directional signal arm, electric head and stoplights and two leather upholstered seats. Designers and builders of the "creep-who produced their salvage masterpiece in two weeks of after hours work are:

T/Sgt. Gerald Rothermel, McLean Illinois
S/Sgt.Thomas Sharpe, Nicholsville, Kentucky
Sgt., James Duncan, Hillsboro, Tennessee
Sgt. Robert Martin, Jamestown, New York

Cpl. Arthur Thomson, Los Angeles, California
Cpl. Alfred Ciarimboli, Newberg, New York
Cpl. Charles Codyer, Waltham, Massachusetts

As a concession to English custom the gadget was built with a right-hand drive, clutch on the right and brakes on the left; but the license plates read "USA" Footnote; It also had room to carry spare parts and tools for mechanical work on the planes, saving many,many man hours to "keep em Flying".
All builders are 401st. Squadron members.