Re:A couple of questions.
Thank you one and all for taking the time to respond to my questions. The answers and comments you posted have been very helpful to me in the pursuit of my immediate goal, which is to identify all the crewmen shown in "Gypsie's" crew photo. So far, only my father and pilot Lt Holmes have been identified.
My thoughts were that since I have my fathers flight log, and the newly completed and transcribed 401st dailies, I could establish a date for the crew photo and compare it to the load lists, and thus be on my way to matching names with faces.
This is what I know so far: A/C 44-8324 was delivered to the 91st BG on 12 Sept '44, Dad's first mission on Gypsie was the very next day, 13 Sept '44, hardly enough time for 38 missions.
From an annotation accompanying a photo of "Blood N' Guts in flight it is noted, "Originally named "Gypsie", she was renamed in early 1945". Clearly Gypsie was renamed sometime after her 38th mission, as Blood N' Guts was spelled out in 2 ft tall, bright red letters extending from the lower fuselage to above the wing, just below the pilot's side window. Impossible to miss. Until I found, quite by accident, the photo below, I had never heard of Gypsie. Dad had always told me 'His plane' was Blood N' Guts, and indeed, that was the name emblazoned on the back of his A-2 jacket, in which he was laid to rest in 1981.
So, it's back to the dailies for me. I will count 38 missions from A/C 44-8324's first mission and try to narrow down names on the load lists to match with faces in the crew photo, and from there search for living crew members, or surviving descendents.
Thanks again everyone,
P.S. When I have completed this, I will start over with the next crew of 'unknowns'. Sadly, it seems I won't have far to look. None should be forgotten.