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Aircraft: 231767

 "OUR GAL SAL" 351st aircraft (100th Photo Archives) 

NAMES: Our Gal Sal



PILOTS:   N/A  N/A
MACR: SQUADRONS: 351 EP-E

NOTES

Our Gal Sal

HISTORY

1943-12-11   Accepted into inventory
1943-12-12  Denver
1943-12-31  Kearney
1944-01-16  Assigned to UK
1944-01-16  RAF Nutts Corner
1945-05-31  Returned Zone of the Interior - Bradley
1945-01-03   South Plains
1945-11-08   Kingman, Arizona
0000-00-00  
0000-00-00 
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1945-11-08  Kingman, Arzonia

Pilot Info

Crew: N/A

Related Info: : N/A, N/A

Comments

    A/C flew 125 missions
Transferred to Alconbury on May 20, 1945 for ferry back to USA

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

Date	             Pilot	          Target                         Notes

31 Jan 1944	R J Shoens /	(Frankfurt) scrubbed	Non sortie - mission scrubbed
31 Jan 1944	R J Shoens	(Frankfurt scrubbed)	(NS)
2 Feb 1944		???	A/c 1st mission?????(B0201-2244) c/chf: M/Sgt Wildrick
3 Feb 1944	�	Wilhelmshaven	351 sqn diary notes this a/c's 1st mission as 2nd Feb 44 but no mission was flown that day, it is assumed the date should have been 3rd Feb.
4 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	Frankfurt	Flew #2, 2nd element high sqn
6 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	Evreux	Flew #3, 2nd element low sqn
9 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	(Halberstadt) scrubbed	Non sortie - mission scrubbed
9 Feb 1944	R J Shoens	(Halberstadt scrubbed)	(NS)
10 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	Brunswick	Flew #3, lead element high sqn
13 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	Hesdin / Bois Rempres	V weapon site - flew #7 lead sqn
13 Feb 1944	R J Shoens	Hesdin / Bois Rempres (V-site)	No 7 lead sqn
21 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	Vecht airfield	Flew #2, 2nd element high sqn
21 Feb 1944	R J Shoens	Vechte a/f	No2, 2nd element high sqn
22 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	(Schweinfurt) recalled	Flew #3, 2nd element high sqn
24 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	Rostock	Flew #2, 2nd element low sqn
25 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	Regensburg	Flew #3, lead element lead sqn
29 Feb 1944	R J Shoens /	Brunswick	Non sortie - returned early
2 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Chartres airfield	Flew #3, 2nd element lead sqn
2 Mar 1944	R J Shoens	Chartres a/f	No3, 2nd element lead sqn
3 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Berlin (recalled)	Flew #2, 2nd element high sqn
3 Mar 1944	R J Shoens	Berlin recall	No2, 2nd element high sqn
4 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Berlin (recalled)	Non sortie - returned early, lost oxygen
4 Mar 1944	R J Shoens	(recall) Berlin	R/E, aborted lost oxygen; No2, lead element lead sqn
6 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Berlin	Cat A damage - flak hit inner right wing & fin. (TT) 1 e/a
15 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Brunswick	Flew #3, lead element high sqn
16 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Augsburg	Non sortie -- airborne spare
18 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Lechfeld	Flew #2, lead element high sqn
19 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Mimoyecques	V weapon site -- flew #2, lead element low sqn
19 Mar 1944	R J Shoens	NoBall Mimoyecques	No2, lead element low sqn
22 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Berlin	Flew #1, 2nd element low sqn
23 Mar 1944	S D Eichen /	Brunswick	�
27 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Bordeaux-Merignac airfield	Flew #1, 2nd element high sqn
27 Mar 1944	R J Shoens	Bordeaux-Merignac	Lead a/c, 2nd element high sqn
28 Mar 1944	R J Shoens /	Chateaudun	Flew #1, 2nd element lead sqn
11 Apr 1944	R J Shoens /	Rostock	Flak damage to left wing, #2 engine hit, right outer wing
22 Apr 1944	G W Rake /	Hamm	�
25 Apr 1944	J Hunter /	Dijon / Longvic airfield	�
25 Apr 1944	J Hunter	Dijon/Longvic	
27 Apr 1944	E J Simmons /	Flottmanville	Non sortie - airborne spare
27 Apr 1944	E J Simmons /	LeCulot airfield	�
27 Apr 1944	E J Simmons	am Flottmanville Noball	R/E (NS) - spare
27 Apr 1944	E J Simmons	pm Le Culot A/D	
1 May 1944	R J Shoens /	Wizernes (abortive)	Flew #1, lead element low sqn
1 May 1944	R J Shoens	am (Wizernes abortive - Wx)	Lead a/c, lead element low sqn
7 May 1944	E J Simmons / ;	Berlin	Category A damage
9 May 1944	E J Simmons /	Loan-Couvron / Athies	�
9 May 1944	E J Simmons	Laon-Couvron / Athies	
11 May 1944	E J Simmons /	Liege rail yards	�
11 May 1944	E J Simmons	Liege m/y	
12 May 1944	S D Eichen /	Brux	Returned early -- sortie credited
19 May 1944	E Zapf / W Lawson	Berlin	(B) unconscious in b/bay - 20mm hit forward of cockpit
20 May 1944	E J Simmons /	Brussels (abortive)	�
23 May 1944	E J Siewert /	Troyes	Non sortie - airborne spare
23 May 1944	E J Siewert	(Troyes)	R/E (NS) - spare
24 May 1944	E J Simmons /	Berlin	Category AC damage - 20mm in left wing, right fuselage, radio room
14 Jun 1944	R Cummings /	LeCulot (abortive)	�
14 Jun 1944	R Cumming	Le Culot (abortive)	
21 Jun 1944	L G Bennett /	Basdorf	�
22 Jun 1944	H W Woodall /	Paris	�
29 Jun 1944	B L Scott /	Bohlen	�
4 Jul 1944	W T Greiner /	Gien (abortive)	�
4 Jul 1944	W T Greiner	(Gien abortive)	
6 Jul 1944	D L Darby / F B Musser	Crepieul	V weapon site -- bombs hung up, did not drop
6 Jul 1944	D L Darby / F B Musser	Crepieul NoBall	Bombs hung up and didn't drop on target
7 Jul 1944	R Cumming /	Bohlen	�
8 Jul 1944	W B Kennedy /	Clamecy-Joigny RR bridge	Bombs hung up - brought back
8 Jul 1944	W B Kennedy	Clamecy-Joigny RR brs.	Bombs hung up and returned
11 Jul 1944	D L Darby / F B Musser /	Munich	�
12 Jul 1944	R Cumming /	Munich	�
13 Jul 1944	R Cumming /	Munich	Recorded as "50 missions" to date
19 Jul 1944	R Cumming /	Schweinfurt	Non sortie - airborne spare
20 Jul 1944	R Cumming /	Merseburg	Merseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
21 Jul 1944	R Cumming /	Ludwigshafen	Bombed with 379BG
21 Jul 1944	R Cumming	Ludwigshaven	Bombed with 379BG
28 Jul 1944	R L Stevenson /	Merseburg	Merseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
29 Jul 1944	R Cumming /	Merseburg	Merseburg : Blood, Flak & Oil.
2 Aug 1944	T H Kemp /	Torgnier / LaFiere	�
2 Aug 1944	T H Kemp	Torgnier/La Fiere	
3 Aug 1944	R Cumming /	Troyes	�
4 Aug 1944	R Cumming /	Hamburg	�
5 Aug 1944	W B Kennedy /	Magdeburg	�
8 Aug 1944	G Brown /	St Sylvain	(N) R Bayer WIA - 38 flak holes in a/c
11 Aug 1944	R Cumming /	Villacoublay airfield	�
11 Aug 1944	R Cumming	Villacoublay a/f	
14 Aug 1944	D N Ellison /	Ludwigshaven	�
15 Aug 1944	D L Thompson /	Venlo airfield	�
15 Aug 1944	D L Thompson	Venlo a/f	
24 Aug 1944	C J Hedin /	Ruhland	�
3 Sep 1944	P A Kramp /	Brest	�
5 Sep 1944	R Cumming /	Stuttgart	�
11 Sep 1944	R Cumming / J J Williamson	Ruhland	Returned early (sortie ??) - jettisoned load
12 Sep 1944	C J Hedin /	Magdeburg	�
25 Sep 1944	O E Hopkins / F Read	Ludwigshafen	�
25 Sep 1944	O E Hopkins / F Read	Ludwigshaven	12x500lbs
26 Sep 1944	O E Hokins / F Read	Bremen	�
17 Oct 1944	W B Kennedy /	Cologne	�
5 Nov 1944	�	Ludwigshafen	Cat A flak damage, #1 supercharger hit & left fuselage
5 Nov 1944		Ludwigshaven	Cat A flak BD. #1 supercharger hit, hole left side fuselage
2 Dec 1944	R L Dovel /	Koblenz	�
5 Dec 1944	H F Streich /	Berlin	Brought back one bomb, #2 engine feathered
11 Dec 1944	R L Dovel /	Giessen rail yards	Cat A damage
11 Dec 1944	R L Dovel	Giessen	Cat A BD
11 Dec 1944		Giessen my	Cat A BD
12 Dec 1944	R L Dovel	Darmstadt	#2 eng rough, #1 & #2 engines changed
24 Dec 1944	R L Dovel /	Biblis	�
25 Dec 1944	R L Dovel /	Kaiserlautern	�
27 Dec 1944	R L Dovel /	Fulda	�
28 Dec 1944	R L Dovel /	Koblenz	�
30 Dec 1944	J W Knowles /	Kassel	�
5 Jan 1945	R L Dovel /	Frankfurt rail yards	Returned early (sortie) - #3 engine, jettisoned 20 miles from target
5 Jan 1945	R L Dovel	Frankfurt my	R/E (S) - No.3 engine problem, jettisoned 20 miles from target
6 Jan 1945	R L Dovel /	Germersheim	�
7 Jan 1945	R L Dovel /	Cologne	�
7 Jan 1945	R L Dovel	Cologne my	
10 Jan 1945	R L Dovel /	Cologne	�
10 Jan 1945	R L Dovel	Cologne (Duisberg)	
13 Jan 1945	R L Dovel /	Mainz	�
14 Jan 1945	R L Dovel /	Derben	�
14 Jan 1945	R L Dovel	Derben /	
17 Jan 1945	M L Kodas /	Hamburg	Cat A damage + #1 eng oil temp high
20 Jan 1945	R L Dovel /	Mannheim	�
20 Jan 1945	R L Dovel	Heilbronn	
21 Jan 1945	R L Dovel	Mannheim br.	
28 Jan 1945	J L Wofford /	Duisberg	Returned early (sortie ??) - #1 engine oil loss, jettisoned load
6 Feb 1945	R L Dovel /	Chemnitz	�
6 Feb 1945	R L Dovel	Chemnitz & T/Opps	
9 Feb 1945	R L Dovel /	Bohlen	�
9 Feb 1945	R L Dovel	Weimar	
15 Feb 1945	R L Dovel /	Bohlen/Cottbus	#4 engine changed
15 Feb 1945	R L Dovel	Cottbus	
19 Feb 1945	E T Jensen /	Munster	Cat AC damage, #3 eng oil leak
19 Feb 1945		Osnabruck/Munster	Cat AC BD
21 Feb 1945	R L Dovel /	Nurnburg	�
22 Feb 1945	R L Dovel /	Donaueschingen	�
22 Feb 1945	R L Dovel	Donaueschlingen	
23 Feb 1945	R L Dovel /	Treuchtlingen	�
23 Feb 1945	R L Dovel	Treuchtlingen my	
25 Feb 1945	R L Dovel /	Munich	�
26 Feb 1945	R L Dovel /	Berlin	�
2 Mar 1945	R L Dovel /	Dresden	Flew in C sqn, 2nd element
2 Mar 1945	R L Dovel	Ruhland/Dresden	C-sqn, 2nd element lead
4 Mar 1945	R L Dovel /	Ulm	�
7 Mar 1945	D J Wallish /	Siegen	#1 supercharger changed
8 Mar 1945	D J Wallish /	Giessen	Flew in C sqn, lead flight 2nd element
9 Mar 1945	???	Frankfurt	Non sortie - spare a/c
10 Mar 1945	D J Wallish /	Dortmund	Flew in B sqn, lead flight 2nd element
11 Mar 1945	D J Wallish /	Hamburg	�
12 Mar 1945	D J Wallish /	Swinemunde	Flew in C sqn as "tail end charlie"
15 Mar 1945	L L Bazin /	Wittenburg	�
17 Mar 1945	D J Wallish /	Plauen	�
18 Mar 1945	L L Bazin /	Berlin & Falkenburg	Flew in B sqn, lead flight 1st element
23 Mar 1945	A Munoz	Unna / Marburg	Cat A damage, #1 & #2 engs ran hot, #4 prop governor leaked
24 Mar 1945	J W Johnson /	Steenwijk airfield	Flew in B sqn, 1st element
28 Mar 1945	L L Bazin /	Hanover	Flew in C sqn, 2nd element
30 Mar 1945	??? (from another sqn)	Hamburg	�
31 Mar 1945	D J Wallish /	Zeitz	Flew "tail end charlie" in B sqn
3 Apr 1945	D J Wallish /	Kiel	Fluxgate flutters
4 Apr 1945	D J Wallish /	Kiel	Flew in C sqn, 3rd element
6 Apr 1945	D J Wallish /	Leipzig	#3 eng feathered
7 Apr 1945	D J Wallish /	Buchen	�
8 Apr 1945	D J Wallish /	Eger rail yards	�
8 Apr 1945	D J Wallish	Eger MY	C sqn, 3rd element
9 Apr 1945	D J Wallish	Munich Reim airfield	Flew in D sqn, 1st element
9 Apr 1945	D J Wallish	Munich. Reim AF	D sqn, 1st element
10 Apr 1945	D J Wallish /	Burg-bei-Magdeburg	Cat A flak damage (unconfirmed)
11 Apr 1945	W C Shaddix /	Landshut	Flew in A sqn, 1st element
13 Apr 1945	R N Grover /	Practice	Non sortie - practice mission
14 Apr 1945	D J Wallish /	Royan	Flew in C sqn, 2nd element
15 Apr 1945	C F Dixon /	Royan	Flew in D sqn, 1st element
16 Apr 1945	D J Wallish	Royan	
19 Apr 1945	Coles	Practice	(NS) - A sqn, 3rd element
20 Apr 1945	D J Wallish /	Oranienburg	#2 engine changed
6 May 1945	D J Wallish /	Schipol Chowhound	Food drop to Dutch civilians
6 May 1945	D J Wallish	Schiphol Chowhound	
7 May 1945	D J Wallish /	Schipol Chowhound	Food drop to Dutch civilians - Flew in C sqn, 2nd element
7 May 1945	D J Wallish	Schiphol Chowhound	C sqn, 2nd element
15 May 1945	B Brown /	Horshing	Collecting POWs from Austria
15 May 1945	B Brown	Horsching	POW ferry
16 May 1945	P W Schmidt /	 	Ferrying POWs
16 May 1945	P W Schmidt/	 	POW ferry
20 May 1945	�	 	Transferred to 482BG at Alconbury
31 May 1945	�	 	Returned to USA, Bradley Field (121 Base Unit)
3 Jun 1945	�	 	To South Plains (4168 Base Unit)
8 Nov 1945	�	 	Scrapped at RFC Kingman, Az	

PHOTOS:

 The 351st "OUR GAL SAL" coming home. (100th Photo Archives) 

 "OUR GAL SAL" after only 3 missions flown with Capt Robert Shoens Crew - (100th Photo Archives) 

 A photo of "OUR GAL SAL" at Kingman, Arizona after the war. The entire bombing missions scheme has been repainted at some point to have all white bombs (as opposed to every fifth one red) on a dark (probably black or insignia blue) stripe. This was obviously the final markings scheme, we have no other photos availably to give us enough information to accurately portray this scheme. Photo courtesy of Mike Lampros 

Our Gal Sal

 OUR GAL SAL (EP-A) 

 OUR GAL SAL A/C 231767 EP-E. (Photo courtesy of Earl Rudolph) 

 Unidentified man with OUR GAL SAL. (Photo courtesy of Earl Rudolph) 

 OUR GAL SAL Robert Shoens Crew and Ground Crew. (Photo courtesy of Ernest Havecker and his family: Eileen Rosenthal and Jodi Womack.) 

Photo Courtesy of Brett Stringfellow

Our Gal Sal at Mount Farm. Photo courtesy of Jeff Ethell Collection. 

Our Gal Sal at Mount Farm. Photo courtesy of Jeff Ethell Collection. 

Our Gal Sal at Mount Farm. Photo courtesy of Jeff Ethell Collection. 

 "OUR GAL SAL" at Mount Farm From the port Pilots Side

 Dewey Christopher, 351st Crew Chief, by OUR GAL SAL. 

OUR GAL SAL profile shot

OUR GAL SAL nose art

Frank Stevens, Ground Crew Painting swastikas to signify enemy planes shot down and credited to Our Gal Sal gunners.

Nels Davidson, Ground Crew Our Gal Sal. 

 "OUR GAL SAL" on Hardstand with Lt Ronald Cumming Crew 
Photo courtesy of the Shively Family) 

 John Williamson - CP of the Ronald Cumming Crew. This photo taken on the second Russian shuttle mission. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 "OUR GAL SAL" with her Ground Crew: Standing from left (Last names only) J C Sambraillo, Sherman Nelson, and Arnold Schluter: Kneeling from left H.D.Wildrick (The Crew Chief) and Nels. O. Davidson (100th Photo Archives) 

 Arnold E. Bennett, left, and Paul Batterman from the 351st Melvin Kodas Crew (Detailed Information 100th Photo Archives) 

The Donald J. Wallish Crew
OUR GAL SAL crew: Donald J. Wallish, Carl J. Weber, Orlin D. Lewis, Kenneth W. LaBelle, Stanley J. Avery, Thomas W. Ritter, John D. Krebs, Calvin A. Wood, Felix J. Kuczynski, and John J. Boerke. Wallish Crew Information (100th Photo Archives)

Al Schulter, assistant crew chief on Our Gal Sal 

 Arnold Schluter, Mechanic, Ground Crew for OUR GAL SAL. Link to Shoens' Crew Page. Photo courtesy of Don Hammond and daughter, Donna. 

 Nels Davidson, Dick Wildrick, and Arnold Schluter, Ground Crew for OUR GAL SAL. Link to Shoens' Crew Page. Photo courtesy of Don Hammond and daughter, Donna. 

Lt Gay Crew and  "OUR GAL SAL" and her Flight Crew. (100th Photo Archives) 

GP COMMUNICATION - RADAR COUNTER MEASURES

 Charles Shively - BOM.. 351st - Ronald Cummings Crew in Russia. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Out Gal Sal painted A-2 jackett from Lt Cumming Crew. 

"OUR GAL SAL" and her flight and ground crews. Second from right kneeling is Robert J. Shoens her pilot. A/C 42-31767 Picture of air and ground crew (left to right) Standing: Nels Davidson (gnd), Arnold Schluter (gnd), Ed Silverstone, Virgil Warders, William Wright,Don Hammond, Charles Killebrew (gnd), Frank Stevens (painted OUR GAL SAL and mission bombs),
Dewey Nelson (gnd), Harold Wildrick (crew chief)
Front: Don Blair, Glenn Hudson, Duncan Shand, Bob Shoens, Bill Eresman) 

Colorized by Bryan Gandall