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Aircraft: 26087

Charlie Cook and Raymond Lischer in front of Royal Flush

Royal Flush/Harper's Ferry on Hardstand

Royal Flush/Harper's Ferry showing both nose art with some of the crew of Lt James Harper . 
Standing L-R Robert Hudson, FRED PODSTAWSKI, Joe Kyrc, 

NAMES: Royal Flush
Harper's Ferry
Aske's Angels

PILOTS: 2LT  ALF  ASKE, JR.
MACR: 08074 SQUADRONS: 418 LD-Z

NOTES

Aircraft names: Royal Flush, Harper's Ferry Aske's Angels (never painted on plane)

HISTORY

1943-07-16   Accepted into inventory
1943-07-18  Long Beach
1943-07-19  Cheyenne
1943-09-04  Assigned to UK
1943-12-20  REM
1944-08-11  FTR - Flak (see related info)
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1944-08-11  FTR - Flak (see related info)

Pilot Info

Crew: 4 KIA, 5 POW - E&E 1238, 2124

Related Info: : ASKE, JR., ALF

Comments

    Aircraft Destroyed by by flak, hits between No. 3 engine and the fuselage immediately after bombs away. The aircraft crashed in a harvest field near the target. The aircraft exploded over the Foret de Neudon near Clamart. Six of the crew bailed out.


Known Mission List/ Courtesy of Ray Bowden/USAAF Nose Art Research Project 

Date	Pilot	               Target                        Notes

16 Jul 1943	�	 	Received by USAAC
4 Sep 1943	�	 	Assigned overseas
23 Sep 1943	J Flanigan /	Vannes	�
27 Sep 1943	J Flanigan /	Emden	�
2 Oct 1943	J Flanigan /	Emden	�
4 Oct 1943	J Flanigan /	Saarluis	Category A damage - flak + 20mm
9 Oct 1943	R Rosenthal /	Marienburg	�
10 Oct 1943	R Rosenthal /	Munster	Cat AC damage - #1 eng out, oxygen out. Sole survivor of 100BG
13 Nov 1943	J Flanigan /	Bremen	(TG) suffered frost bite
20 Dec 1943	�	Bremen	Aborted (non-sortie?)
27 Dec 1943	�	(Recalled)	Returned early -spare a/c
14 Jan 1944	�	Foret d'Hesdin	V-weapon site. Flew with 94BG formation
21 Jan 1944	S L Barrick /	Bois d'Esquerdes	V-weapon site
4 Feb 1944	�	Frankfurt	Returned early - non sortie
6 Feb 1944	�	Evreaux airfield	Returned early - spare a/c
4 Mar 1944	W H Thomas (?)	Berlin (recalled)	Returned early - non sortie
6 Mar 1944	W H Thomas	Berlin	Returned early - mechanical (non-sortie)
9 Mar 1944	W C Forsythe /	Berlin	Returned early - spare a/c
18 Mar 1944	F C Kincannon /	Lechfeld	Slight damage - flak hit #2 engine nacelle
11 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	Rostock	(TG) destroyed Me109
12 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	Schkeudiz (recalled)	�
13 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	Augsburg	Slight damage - flak holes in bomb-bay and left wing
18 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	Berlin	�
19 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	Lippstadt	Flew with 390BG formation
20 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	NoBall Flottemanville	V-weapon site
22 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	Hamm	�
27 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	NoBall Flottemanville	V-weapon site - morning mission
27 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	Le Culot airfield	Afternoon mission
28 Apr 1944	B Williams /	NoBall Sottevast	Returned early - spare a/c
29 Apr 1944	R F Lischer /	Berlin	�
1 May 1944	G L Roth /	Saarguemines Rail Yards	Afternoon mission
7 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Berlin	�
8 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Berlin	Morning mission
9 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Laon-Couvron / Athies	�
19 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Berlin	(TG) destroyed Fw190
23 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Troyes	�
24 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Berlin	�
25 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Brussels	�
27 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Strasbourg	�
28 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Magdeburg	�
29 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Leipzig	Serious damage - bulkhead 6J cut, control cables cut
31 May 1944	R F Lischer /	Osnabruck	�
4 Jun 1944	R F Lischer /	Boulogne	Coastal defences
6 Jun 1944	R F Lischer /	Falaise	D-Day tactical ground support - morning mission
6 Jun 1944	R F Lischer /	Ouistreham	D-Day tactical ground support - late morning mission
7 Jun 1944	R F Lischer /	Nantes	�
10 Jun 1944	�	Morlaix airfield (Recalled)	�
18 Jun 1944	R F Lischer /	Brunsbuttelkoog	Slight damage - flak
21 Jun 1944	H J Rowland /	Basdorf	Slight damage
22 Jun 1944	H J Rowland /	Paris	�
25 Jun 1944	W B Kennedy /	South France	Returned early - spare a/c
29 Jun 1944	H J Rowland /	Bohlen	Returned early - spare a/c
6 Jul 1944	R D Miller /	NoBall Crepieul	V-weapon site
7 Jul 1944	H J Rowland /	Bohlen	�
8 Jul 1944	H J Rowland /	Clamecy-Joigny RR bridge	�
11 Jul 1944	R F Lischer /	Munich	Returned early - spare a/c
12 Jul 1944	R F Lischer /	Munich	�
14 Jul 1944	R F Lischer /	South France	Returned early - spare a/c
17 Jul 1944	R F Lischer /	Auxerre	�
19 Jul 1944	C CCook /	Schweinfurt	�
20 Jul 1944	C C Cook /	Merseburg	�
21 Jul 1944	J S Seamans /	Ludwigsburg	�
5 Aug 1944	H J Rowland /	Magdeburg	�
8 Aug 1944	A Aske /	St Sylvain	Tactical ground support
11 Aug 1944	A Aske / C S Barber	Villacoublay airfield	MISSING -- flak hit between #3 engine and fuselage. 4 KIA	

PHOTOS:

Harper's Ferry. M-41 field jacket of Lt Charles C. Cowing. 

Royal Flush

 Photograph identified as, William Groenendahl, Piehl, Roach and Burns, April 1944. (100th Photo Archives) 

Royal Flush on Mission. LD-Z

Royal Flush on Hardstand

​Royal Flush ground crew L to R: Piehl, Burns, Groenendahl and Roach (from the collection of Russell Heckman)

Royal Flush on Hardstand 47.  Photo courtesy of Eileen Potts Smith.  

Royal Flush having GP bombs loaded on Hardstand 47.  Photo courtesy of Eileen Potts Smith

Russell Heckman, Roach, Burns, Gruendal, and LYNSRUP in front of "Royal Flush" (from the collection of Russell Heckman)

 Raymond F. Lischer crew. From left, William J. Smith, Paul H. Sweitzer, Gunnar Williamson, Joseph Martinkovich, and Robert N.. Mathiasen. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) with Royal Flush

 John J. Flanigan crew in fight gear Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Letter from assistant crew chief on royal flush and lady geraldine mentioning she had 110 mission markers 

 John J. Flanigan crew with ground crew pose with "ROYAL FLUSH". The first person on the left of the middle row is William Groenendaal. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

John J. Flanigan Crew with Royal Flush (left to right) 
Standing: Earl Richardson, John (Jack "Skippy) Flanigan, Douglas Dunsdon, 
and Rudolph Grum 
Kneeling: Salvatore J. Luistro, Frederick "Farmer" Brown, Guy M. Tuccero, 
Jack J.  Strang, Adam  "Rudy" Rutkowski, Guerino "Bill" Melchiorre 
 Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Lt James Harper Crew and Ground Crew in Jan 1944 with Harper's Ferry/Royal Flush. Photo courtesy of Anne Cowing

Lt James Harper Crew, England Kneeling L-R Charles Cowing,Tony Hulsey, James Harper, William Naegele, Standing L-R Ken Helming,john Mauk,Robert Hudson, FRED PODSTAWSKI, Joe Kyrc, Wallace Carter. Photo taken in front of Harper's Ferry/Royal Flush. (courtesy of Cowing Family) 

Lt Raymond F. Lischer crew. From left, William J. Smith, Paul H. Sweitzer, Gunnar Williamson, Joseph Martinkovich, and Robert N.. Mathiasen. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) with Royal Flush

Photo taken at completion of 35 missions

Harper's Ferry. M-41 field jacket of Lt Charles C. Cowing. 

 Sherwin L. Barton crew, 6 March 1944. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Part of Raymond Lischer Crew. 
L-R Top Row: S/Sgt Alanson M. "Lance" Trigg -TG, T/Sgt Joseph Martinkovich -ROG,  S/Sgt Paul H.Sweitzer- LWG.  T/Sgt Gunnar Williamson-TTE, W. Roach-Armourer.

Middle Row:  L-R   L.Piehl (mechanic), S/Sgt William J. "smitty" Smith-RWG,
 W. Schultz .  Photo courtesy of Jim Potts Daughter Eileen Potts Smith

Person kneeling: ?

(from the collection of Russell Heckman)

Lt Raymond Lischer in Cockpit of Royal Flush.  60 mission Markers can be made out on the plane.  Photo courtesy of  Lance Trigg