My research finds that this aircraft was lost after raid on marshalling yard at Celje, Yugoslavia on Feb. 14th. 1945....
have never seen records of missions there so might be some mis-information floating around?
My father with "DIXIE"......AIRCRAFT SERIAL #44-10499
Dixie's location was last noted at Walnut Ridge Arkansas in Jan. 1946 where she was likely scrapped.
"DAMIFINO" AIRCRAFT SERIAL # 42-50465
Appears the Damifino's life also ended at Walnut Ridge Arkansas in Jan. 1946
Pictured #555 crew members: seated on left, Allen D. Miller Engineer,
I have all the other crewmens names below but cannot quite tell who is who comparing my photographs......
Full crew Photo:
Standing Left to Right : Bridgeman, Paul W. "AKA Paul" (P) ; Porter, Elijah "AKA Porter" (R/O) ; Norton, Corodon "AKA Stud"(WG),
Gilbert, William E. "AKA Bill" (NG) ; Vawter, Wesley Rhodes, "AKA Wes" (CP) ; Smith, John W. "AKA Smitty" (N)
Kneeling Left to Right : Weckerly, Raymond E. "AKA Weck" (TG) ; Hallet, Tom D. "AKA Tom" (B) ;
Miller, Allen D. "AKA Al" (E/TT) ; Atterholt, James R. "AKA Att" (BTG/WG)
LET" ER RIP" .... AIRCRAFT SERIAL # 44-50548
NO PHOTOS YET FOUND......Following military serial number records also shows "Let Er Rip" ending up at Walnut Ridge January 17th, 1946.....likely had the same fate in the scrapyard
Dads last flight plan (Mel Westbrook , Pilot) from Goose Bay Labrador shows "B-24M AIRCRAFT # 0884" Have not yet been able to identify that aircraft.....