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Aircraft: 25957

 Running up "HORNY II" engines . The Milton E. Neer Collection. 

Horny II at Dow Field 7/20/1943

NAMES: Horny II



PILOTS:   N/A  N/A
MACR: SQUADRONS: 349 XR-D

NOTES

Horny II

HISTORY

1943-05-24   Accepted into inventory
1943-05-31  Long Beach
1943-07-05  Gore
1943-07-20  Dow
1943-07-25  Assigned to UK
1943-10-04  FTO - blew rear tire
1943-11-03   REO
1943-11-30   REO
1943-12-16   REM
1943-12-20  REM
1944-05-09  Salvaged
1944-05-09  Salvaged

Pilot Info

Crew: N/A

Related Info: : N/A, N/A

Comments

    Capt Sumner Reeder flew this plane on its first mission on Sept 6, 1943 when they were hit by flak and fighters which killed the CP and resulted in 3 Distinguished Service Cross medals being awarded to Reeder, Engel and Edeburn. DFC to	

PHOTOS:

 349th's "HORNY II" often flown by Henry Henington. The Milton E. Neer Collection. 

25957: Horny II with Lift Raft caught on horizontal Stabilizer. 

Horny II Hangar queen off to scrap heap

Sept 6, 1943 mission to Stuttgart flown by Sumner Reeder Crew. It is this damage that injured Russ Engel.   

 Horny II 25957 Damaged A/C flown by the Reeder crew on the 6 Sept 43 Stuttgart mission on which Co-Pilot Harry Edeburn was KIA, Pilot Sumner Reeder was wounded, and Navigator Russell Engel and Bombardier Peter Delao were severely wounded. Contrary to historical references and stories about the Sept 6, 1943 Mission to Stuttgart, The Sumner Reeder crew maintains that the plane they flew on Sept 6, 1943 was not Squawkin Hawk but another aircraft. Squawkin Hawk was being repaired and the crew took another B-17F. This story has validity in the fact that Edeburn was killed by a 20mm that came through the copilot window. (Note the hole in the window.) On Squawkin Hawk, Edeburn had personally midnight requisitioned bulletproof glass for the cockpit windows. Had this been Squawkin Hawk, he would not have been killed. This information is directly from the surviving Crew members. Reeder Crew Information (100th BG Archives) 

On Sept 6, 1943 Capt Sumner Reeder Crew flew this brand new plane, (before nose art was applied) and were attacked by fighters over Stuttgart. Contrary to reports, the Crew were not flying their usual a/c The Squawkin Hawk due to battle damage on previous mission.  See Reeder page and individual crew pages for more info. 

Horny II is one of the planes painted by S/Sgt Lovato

6th Sep 1943 the 100th loses three ships "Raunchy" Sans Finis" The Poontang".on a mission to Stuttgart Among them 25957 XR-D (Later repaired and called Horny II) . This was a replacement aircraft for the Sumner Reeder crew who would have been in Squawkin Hawk with its newly acquired bullet proof glass by the co-pilot F/o Harry Edeburn 

During a desperate struggle with JG27, they were hit with a salvo of 20mm from the FW 190 which also fell to H Pope's top turret guns. 

However the attack was a catastrophe for the Reeder crew , leaving Russ Engel the navigator seriously wounded in the head and body and losing sight of one eye. Pete Delao also seriously wounded receiving critical medical treatmeny from Russ.

The Co pilot however was mortally wounded and although tried to help the wounded pilot on three occasions, staggering to climb back into his seat was eventually laid between the seats and died of his injuries. 

Russ Engel comforted the distraught pilot to help fly the badly damaged plane. The bombs jettisoned, oxygen low they broke formation and dived for the clouds pursued by the fighters. 
Hiding in cloud until low fuel meant they had to run for home.  Navigation equipment damaged the came out over lower France and arrived on a grass strip fighter base in Kent 

RIP Harry Edeburn

(Photo is colorized) 

6th Sep 1943 the 100th loses three ships "Raunchy" Sans Finis" The Poontang".on a mission to Stuttgart Among them 25957 XR-D (Later repaired and called Horny II) . This was a replacement aircraft for the Sumner Reeder crew who would have been in Squawkin Hawk with its newly acquired bullet proof glass by the co-pilot F/o Harry Edeburn 

During a desperate struggle with JG27, they were hit with a salvo of 20mm from the FW 190 which also fell to H Pope's top turret guns. 

However the attack was a catastrophe for the Reeder crew , leaving Russ Engel the navigator seriously wounded in the head and body and losing sight of one eye. Pete Delao also seriously wounded receiving critical medical treatmeny from Russ.

The Co pilot however was mortally wounded and although tried to help the wounded pilot on three occasions, staggering to climb back into his seat was eventually laid between the seats and died of his injuries. 

Russ Engel comforted the distraught pilot to help fly the badly damaged plane. The bombs jettisoned, oxygen low they broke formation and dived for the clouds pursued by the fighters. 
Hiding in cloud until low fuel meant they had to run for home.  Navigation equipment damaged the came out over lower France and arrived on a grass strip fighter base in Kent 

RIP Harry Edeburn

(Photo is colorized)