Hello again Phil,
As we covered on your previous thread I believe the aircraft you are calling Verna Mae
was in fact 43-38984. Officially, this aircraft had no name. But as I think we discussed, crews frequently gave their own name to an aircraft but never went through the process to 'formalize' that name. Your father's Lucky Bastard says Verna Mae
on it just like my father's Lucky Bastard says Little Herbie
on it but in fact neither of our father's crews actually got the name painted on the aircraft. I've double checked my list of both known and unknown names for the 447th and Verna Mae does not appear on either list. I've also checked Roger Freeman's listings and he does not show any name for this aircraft.
Attached below are the crew loading lists for April 15, April 16, and April 17, 1945 Showing your father flying as co-pilot with the Taylor crew on ship #984.
Here is a link to your previous thread. http://forum.armyairforces.com/tm.aspx?m=166485
Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
post edited by LUCKY PARTNERS - 2012/02/18 23:11:29