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Aircraft: 231537

 "RANDI LOU" 350th aircraft (100th Photo Archives) 

NAMES: Buffalo Gal
Randie Lou


PILOTS: LT  WILLIAM T FITZROY
MACR: 07809 SQUADRONS: 350 LN-S

NOTES

Aircraft names: Buffalo Gal (Red Harper's plane), Randie Lou

HISTORY

1943-11-13   Accepted into inventory
1943-11-19  Cheyenne
1943-12-02  Kearney
1943-12-10  Presque Isle
1943-12-22  Assigned to UK
1943-12-23  Gained by 94th Bomb Group
1944-06-21   Ruhland, Lt Chadwick Crew, ran out of gas, landed
1944-07-29   FTR-Fighters-Pauschrau, ? Merseburg
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1944-07-29  FTR - Fighters - Pauschrau, ?

Pilot Info

Crew: 4 KIA, 5 POW

Related Info: : FITZROY, WILLIAM T

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PHOTOS:

 "RANDIE LOU" forms the backdrop for this unknown crew but most likely Randall Chadwick or Buzz Fitzroy Crews (100th Photo Archives) 

 "RANDIE LOU", 35 Bombs and 6 Swastikas were painted on her fuselage. Flown by the Randell T. Chadwick and William T. Fitzroy crews. (100th Photo Archives) 

 Pascul O'Dward, ground crew. (100th Photo Archives) 

 "RANDIE LOU" with 18 Bombs and 2 Swastikas to her credit. (100th Photo Archives) 
Rear: Roberts, Chadwick, Bruns, Postel, and Fitzroy....
Front: Benedict, Troetschel, Good, and Carty

 Randell T. Chadwick crew: (Left to Right), Delbert J. H. Burns, Edwin E. Postel, Randell T. Chadwick, William T. Fitzroy, Joseph A. Carty, George A. Benedict, Philip K. Troetschel, John J. Good, Jack E. Longenecker, and Austin B. Roberts. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 Joseph A. Carty, Randell T. Chadwick, Jack E. Longenecker and William T. Fitzroy of the Randell T. Chadwick crew. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Arlo L "SNUFFY" Hilberg, 350th Engineering.  Sitting on prop of Randi Lou. Photo courtesy of Larry Darneille

Randall Chadwick - P (aka The Duke of Clayborne Parish) photo Courtesy of David Gibson

Lt Joseph Carty- Bomardier on Lt Chadwick / Lt Fitzroy Crews. Courtesy of David Gibson  

Capt Randall Chadwick Crew:
Courtesy of David Gibson 

Randall Chadwick - P
William Buzzy Fitzroy - CP/P
Josephy Carty - Bom
Jack Longenecker - Nav
Edwin Postel - TTE
John Good - ROG
George Benedict - BTG
Delbert Bruns - WG
Austin Roberts - WG
Philip Troetschel - TG

Enlisted Men of Lt Chadwick Crew: Courtesy of David Gibson
Edwin Postel - TTE
John Good - ROG
George Benedict - BTG
Delbert Bruns - WG
Austin Roberts - WG
Philip Troetschel - TG

Jack Longenecker - NAV on Lt Chadwick Crew.  Very early photo. No Mission Markers seen on Randi Lou. Courtesy of David Gibson

 Randell T. Chadwick crew. Left to right; Delbert J. H. Burns, Edwin E. Postel, Randell T. Chadwick, William T. Fitzroy, Joseph A. Carty, George A. Benedict, Philip K. Troetschell, John J. Good, Jack E. Longenecker, and Austin B. Roberts. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Hello to my 100thBG family. You've likely never seen this before; an original "Randie Lou" A-2 jacket belonging to Alan Bruns, son of Delbert Bruns (WG) [Randall Chadwick's crew] [February-July 1944]. 
Allow me to tell you a quick story....Earlier this year, I was finalizing my research of my grandpa's, Joseph Carty (BOM), 100thBG experience. I kicked over every stone, peered behind every curtain, but I decided to throw one last hail mary. In 2002, Alan Bruns wrote my grandfather a letter asking for pictures of the Randie Lou and crew. He was researching his dad's 100thBG experience at that time. My grandpa kept that letter in his military binder, etc. Fast forward to 2020. There was no phone number, but I had an 18 year old out-of-state address. I scanned/printed out that letter, and wrote a response to Alan. I had no idea he would still be at that address, but I took a chance. HE WAS! We connected and traded pictures, documents, and treasures. He's given me permission to share with the group. He has Delbert's "Randie Lou" A-2 jacket, a large 4x5 ft "Randie Lou" painting in his shop, and the 35 mission diary his father snuck out of Thorpe Abbotts stuffed inside a Camel cigarette pack to pass inspection. It was as if I struck gold to read firsthand accounts of my grandfather's missions with several entries mentioning him by name. I took the pleasure in transcribing/typing out the diary and sent it back to Alan. He was blown away someone took the time to read his dad's words, and he shared with his boys...David Gibson

Painting of Randi Lou from Delbert Bruns