13th BS, 3rd BG World War II Research Questionnaire for History Project on the book
THE HARVEST OF THE GRIM REAPERS
THE B-25 ERA
1) We have been trying for many years to locate an early 13th SQ B-25C nicknamed
. This is supposed to be Lt. Gustave Heiss’s aircraft, which was lost on
9/4/42, but we’ve never found a photo of this nose art on a B-25 despite 20 years of
searching. Does anyone have a photo of this?
2) The B-25C flown by 13th SQ C.O. Maj. Herman Lowery, shot down on May 25, 1942
near Buna, was supposed to have been nicknamed
, but like the above, no
photos of a B-25 with this nose art have ever been found. Need a photo of this aircraft
with the nickname visible.
3) We are trying to identify a photo of the nose art of B-25D medium bomber
that came from a 13th SQ collection. It shows a full facing skeleton (not the side
view “Oscar”) holding a scythe. Can anyone provide other photos or information that
would help us specifically identity this aircraft, especially its serial number or crew?
4) Another photo of a probable 13th SQ B-25C or D medium bomber that we’re trying to
. M/Sgt. Norman Cates is standing next to the plane. Looking for same
info as above.
5) We have a photo of another B-25C or D Medium with an NG native in front of it
THE KANSAS COMET
. This is probably a 13th SQ aircraft. Need
confirmation of this and any additional info on this plane.
6) We’ve been given information about an early B-25 stafer with a pinup girl on it called
STRIPPED FOR ACTION
, but we’ve never been able to locate a photo, or information on
its aircrew. Sgt. Willis J. “Zeke” Williams was crew chief on this plane, and George
Moon was his assistant. Need photo, SN and crew info.
7) We have two B-25D strafers with small 13th SQ “Oscar” insignias painted on the
nose. These include:
. We presume that the
latter was flown by Capt. Donald W. Dower, but we know nothing else about these
planes, including their serial numbers and fate. Need additional info and photos for these
8) Beginning about June 1943, the 13th Squadron started painting black skull noses on
their B-25s strafers. This practice continued until the skull was changed to white
sometime about the end of Sept. 1943. We have located photos or info on several B-25Ds
with the black skull noses and nicknames on them for which we are seeking additional
HICK’S HEDGE HOPPER
(need photo, serial number, crew names, etc.);
(have frames from 8/18/43 USAAF Film- need additional photos, serial
number, crew names, etc.);
(need additional photos, serial number, crew