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Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed.

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2012/10/13 14:01:36 (permalink)
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Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed.

Hello all,
 
I'm looking for the cradle to grave info for  42-97851 LL K, "The Qualified Quail". I have seen a photo of her in Rapid City, S. D., spring or early summer of '44, and I know she was flying missions from Bassingbourn by July of that year.
 
Also interested in who did the nose art, when and where?
 
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-Frank
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Re:Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed. 2012/10/13 14:12:28 (permalink)
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Frank -
B-17 # 42 - 97851 LL K  " Qualified Quail "
3/14/44 - Delivered Tulsa
5/4/44 - Kearney Field , Neb.
5/26/44 - Grenier Field 
Photo probably taken at Rapid City when it landed there
during a Training Mission?
6/3/44 - Assigned 91st BG , 401st SQ.
1/14/45 - Sustained Battle Damage , Cologne Mission
Crash Landed in France
1/28/45 - Declared Salvage / Non - Repairable
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Re:Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed. 2012/10/13 14:27:53 (permalink)
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HOULGATE 5 June 44 Lt. W. F. Guldner
LA RIVERE  6 June 44 Lt. W. F. Guldner
KERLIN, BASTARD 7 June 44 Lt. W. F. Guldner
BOLOUGNE 10 June 44 Lt. W. F. Guldner
CAMBRIA, NIERGNES 12 June 44 Lt. W. F. Guldner
Are you looking for more like this? 
Tony Starcer did the nose art and it was painted between sometime after 7 June and 19 June '44
 
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Re:Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed. 2012/10/13 17:46:04 (permalink)
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Frank,
 
From fold3: http://www.fold3.com/s.php#query=42-97851&ocr=1&offset=2&t=495 There is one more free photo of her Norton bombsite on fold3, also a Google search
http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&rlz=1W1AURU_enUS500&q=S%2FN+42-97851+WW+II&oq=&gs_l= shows more detail some on fold3 
B-17G 42-97851 "Qualified Quail" (coded LL-K) of the 401st Bomb Sq, 91st BG. The ship arrived at Bassingbourn 3 June 1944. Her 72nd mission came on 14 January 1945 to Cologne. Battered by flak, she limped back to a crash-landing at Denain/Prouvy, France, where she was salvaged.
Denain/Prouvy, France: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valenciennes-Denain_Airport & http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-081010-026.pdf bottom of page 22
 
Scott
 

 
Second A/C from right at Bassingbourn

post edited by 25Kingman49 - 2012/10/13 19:12:17

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Re:Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed. 2012/10/15 00:02:25 (permalink)
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Thanks Guys,
 
Good stuff as usual. In view of recent info I believe the caption for the photo is erroneous. Comparing the background in the two Fold3 photos of The Qualified Quail on its hardstand at Bassingbourn with the photo I have purported to have been taken in Rapid City, S. D., they are very similar. Same treeline, same ground cover, etc.
 
The real clincher is that the mission bombs are, (as nearly as I can make out), about the same as in the second Fold3 photo, so I would conclude that the "Rapid City" photo was in fact taken at Bassingbourn around the time of the second Fold3 photo.
 
A nearly identical copy of the photo I have, (same crew same a/c, slightly different camera angle), can be seen on page 137 of Frederic Weekes' book "No Place To Hide".
 
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Re:Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed. 2012/10/20 12:44:49 (permalink)
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Hello Frank
Qualified Quail crash landed at the US Army forward base of Denain-Prouvy near Valenciennes in France. All aboard were safe but the plane was declared scrap !
I confirm the date of January 14, 1945.
The nose art was painted by Tony Starcer inspired by calendar Artist Earl MacPherson.
I tried to reach Tony Starcer's son but no result so far.
I have also launched a search for the children seen on a photo found in Plane Names & Fancy Noses by Ray Bowden.
The history of the plane and the nose art inspired me too the point I had a flight jacket made. You can see it by following this link (sorry all in French for the moment):
http://www.qualified-quai...n-oeuvre-98235472.html

I would be vey interested in any information about any of the crews. Are any still survuvung today ?
Best luck to you for your quest.
Patrick
 

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Re:Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed. 2013/02/05 17:04:25 (permalink)
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I know of two crew members who are currently members of the 91st Bomb Group Memorial Association.
Benjamin Camerino was the Radio Operator on one crew and Roy Loyless was the Tail Gunner on another.
If you would like their contact info let me know.
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Re:Info on the 401st A/C "The Qualified Quail" needed. 2013/02/05 17:15:32 (permalink)
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That is great news.
Thanks Jody.
I would be more than happy to contact them.
You can send any info to qualified.quail@gmail.com
I sure am looking forward to contact them.
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