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Looking for information Larry Spellman B-17 Grvel Gertie

Discussion in '487th BG - Lavenham' started by Bill Schroeder, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Bill Schroeder

    Bill Schroeder New Member

    I am working on research for my beautiful wife Sheila. Her dad was the Navigator on B-17 Gravel Gertie. Trying to find pictures or any information available. I have found one picture of the crew. Many thanks in advance.
  2. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    You have no doubt found the photo on the 487th BG website. Full name of pilot was John A McDonagh.


    One trick that you can use is to do a Google Site Search using various key names, e.g. name of the plane, name of the pilot, various crew names, serial number of the plane, etc.

    For example, this search:
    site:www.487thbg.org "Gravel Gertie"
    will find pages that have the name "Gravel Gertie" 11 names come up.

    site:www.487thbg.org "McDonagh" gives 6 hits, one is this link:
    http://www.487thbg.org/Stories/LT Richard F Baer Mission Notes.pdf
    which describes the last two missions of the crew. We learn they flew on the final group mission, April 21, 1945 and experienced a rather dangerous incident.

    Another is this page: http://www.487thbg.org/Stories/City of Savannah history.pdf, which says the McDonagh crew flew the "City of Savannah" for one mission.

    Try various "keys" and see what happens.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2017
  3. Bill Schroeder

    Bill Schroeder New Member

    Thank you. Had not heard about the City of Savannah.
  4. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    You probably have already done so, but you should also try to contact the group historian and check out their Facebook page.
  5. Parker

    Parker Member

  6. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  7. Bill Schroeder

    Bill Schroeder New Member

    I will do that when I finish my research. Thanks again everyone for your help.
  8. Brin

    Brin New Member

    Bill hello there, I am in personal contact with the radio operator of that plane. His name is Al R..... If you would like I can introduce you to him. He is friend of mine on face book. I will copy and post your first message to him directly!
  9. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  10. Bill Schroeder

    Bill Schroeder New Member

    Thanks, I would appreciate that. I tried to contact Al but he never responded for some reason. I would love to talk to him and also friend him on Facebook.

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