Jim. I will, as promised, send you further details of Vito's service as soon as I have the time to sort them out properly, but there is several missions where the correct details are VERY hard to confirm without a considerable amount of proper cross referencing! For other people's interest however, Vito Portanova and Ernest 'Ernie' Lutz only flew 3 missions together in aircraft 42-96171, 6B*W, named "Bar Fly". These were Missions #62, on the 6th July; M102 on the 17th August; and M120 on the 2nd October 1944. They had however flown together not only in training, but on many other missions, and in at least 20 different aircraft between them! With regards to the German newspaper(!?) story of 42-107597, mentioned at entry #18 above, as posted by Airwar. The loss of this aircraft is covered by MACR #11669, and it is supposed to be coded 4L*P, and carried the name of "Old Sarge". I have seen a picture of that name and artwork, but do not have it, or a reference to it, to hand. I cannot independently also be absolutely sure IF those details are correct, as there is a lot of errors that have been circulating for many years about B-26 Marauder aircraft details. The MACR does show this name, but there is at least three MACR's that have incorrect names to the aircraft that they refer too! Some of those errors have also come about by some people making subjective assumptions about things, rather than basing information on objective and heavily researched and cross checked facts. This includes obtaining not only written articles, but cross referencing pictures, sometimes with only small details proving or disproving previous information!! The aircraft serial number, as shown with that article, is therefore NOT named "Little Pink Panties", as may be assumed by the inclusion of the picture with that article. This can be confirmed by a crash picture of it, which can be found at the 8th Air Force Museum, in Pooler, Georgia. The proper ASN of this aircraft is 42-107841, and it was coded T6*A. At least by the information that I have so far been able to gather and correlate! The crash date was 23rd March 1945, and the Cumulative Loss Listings for the 8th and 9th Air Forces, confirm that serial number as being "Sal BD", (Salvaged Battle Damaged), on the 25th March 1945. Back to research work!