Picture Above from left to right
back row 1st Lt. Dave Carlock, Pilot; 1st. Lt. Coleman Andrews, Jr., Navigator; 1st Lt. Franklin G. Dorman, CP;
T/Sgt Guideon W. Laporte, E Seated left to Right 1st Lt. Ralph E. Stewart, Passenger; T/Sgt. Warren G. Reid, RO. B17F Type aircraft #44-6391 Project RP 0511-4-0
The fifth army passengers which we picked up in Naples
are shown above. They all signed the side of the 44-6391
and drew the 5th Army patch. They all signed my
Short-Snorter so I have their names: Fred Ende,
William Phillips, Floyd Beaudin, Harold E. Fields,
Malcoln H, Joyce, Warren G. Read & Duane G. Cole.
Most of them were from the Nebraska Area.
"Lucille" she brought us home!!!
Pilot and Navigator after a long trip home
After WW2. We picked up the worn out B-17 F
#44-6391 in Naples to fly home. It had been
stripped down and made into a passenger ferry
plane used between Italy and Casablanca.
The picture on the left is the crew I flew home
with. We didn't realize what we were in for! We
also had 8 passengers from the 10th Mountain
Div of the US 5th Army T/Sgt and S/Sgt to fly
home. Took off from Naples and flew to Oran,
Algeria No 2 engine sputtering all the way. Spent
the night there and the next morning left for
Dakar, French West Africa ! #2 engine
started smoking and sputtering. We shut her down
and started looking on the maps for a place to land.
There it was just below us a small 3000' Runway
at Port Lyautey on the coast of Morocco.
We landed safely. Found two English sailors and
signed a receipt for a tank of Shell oil. Started
up #2 engine it sounded OK. We took off and
headed for Dakar.
We were informed at Dakar that we could not take
off for Natal Brazil until #2 had been changed.
They had extra engines and tools but no one to
change the engine (all been sent home) I asked
the crew and passengers if they wanted to change
the engine and everyone agreed. Seven days later
(I know you Ground crew people would say should
have done that in 3 hrs.) the co-pilot and I took her
up for a two hour test hop. THE NEXT
MORNING WE LEFT FOR NATAL, BRAZIL.
STORM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC
IS ANOTHER STORY.!!!! When we landed at
Morrison field it was the end of an interesting
journey. From Hunter Field, Georgia; Bangor,
Maine; Gander, Newfoundland; Azores Islands;
Marrakech, Morocco; Algiers, Algeria; Tunis,
Tunisia; Naples, Italy; and (home away from home)
Foggia, Italy. About one year
later, after a lot of sweat and tears (happy times
too), we left Naples for Oran, Algeria; then had
a forced landing at Port Layautey, Morocco;
Dakar, French West Africa (week here to change
engine #2); a killer front in the center of the
Atlantic Ocean; Natal, Brazil; Georgetown, British
Guyana; Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico; Morrison
Field, West Palm Beach, Florida; and "home".
Unloading at Morrison Field