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Aircraft: 230066

 "MUGWUMP" 418th aircraft (100th Photo Archives) 

Mugwump artwork on copilot side, photo taken stateside

NAMES: Mugwump



PILOTS:   N/A  N/A
MACR: SQUADRONS: 418 LD-U

NOTES

Assigned to original cadre, Crew 30 --- Mugwump

HISTORY

1943-04-02   Accepted into inventory
1943-04-06  Cheyenne
1943-04-14  Gore also 16-Apr-43 Kearney also 02-May-43 Wendove
1943-05-16  Hill also 22-May-43 Kearney also 30-May-42 Dow
1943-06-01  Assigned to UK
1943-06-28  RES also 04-Jul-43 REM - oxygen system out
1943-07-28   REM - top turret inoperative
1943-09-09   REM
0000-00-00   1944 - Gained by Project Aphrodite (day and month
1944-10-30  FTR - on Aphrodite mission
0000-00-00  
1944-10-30  FTR - on Aphrodite mission

Pilot Info

Crew: N/A

Related Info: : N/A, N/A

Comments

    MUGWUMP MISSIONS

June 25, 1943- Bremen 
Lt Magee Fuller Crew

JUNE 26, 1943 LeMANS 
a/c 230066 MUGWUMP (NO CREDIT FOR MISSION,PLANES RETURNED DUE TO WEATHER). LT WILLIAM FLESH Crew

JUNE 28, 1943 ST. NAZAIRE (FLAK CITY) a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
LT WILLIAM FLESH Crew

JUNE 29, 1943 LeMANS 
a/c 230066 MUGWUMP,  
LT WILLIAM FLESH Crew

JULY 4, 1943 LaPALLICE 
a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
LT WILLIAM FLESH Crew

JULY 10, 1943 LeBOURGET 
a/c 230066 MUGWUMP 
LT WILLIAM FLESH Crew

JULY 17, 1943 HAMBURG 
a/c 230066 MUGWUMP
LT WILLIAM FLESH crew

July 25, 1943- Warnemunde/Kiel
Lt Ernest A. Kiessling Crew

July 26,1943-Hanover
Lt Curtis Biddick crew

July 28,1943-Oschersleben
Lt Curtis Biddick crew

July 29, 1943 Warnemunde
Lt Curtis Biddick crew

July 30,1943 KASSEL 
230066 Mugwump 
LT WALTER L." BIG CHIEF" MORENO CREW

August 12,1943- Wesseling  
Lt John Brady Crew

August 17, 1943 Regensburg 
Capt Charles Cruikshank Crew & Maj John Egan
 Landed heavily damaged in North Africa, crew flown home by air transport command.  Plane never returned to 100th Bomb Group. but was repaired and transferred to jamming service, before being handed over to Aphrodite Project.
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Target: Heligoland U-Boat Pens	

Date: October 30, 1944

B-17 30066 (Mugwump)
B-17 3438	

Mission 693A: 2 of 5 B-17s made an Aphrodite attack on Heligoland Island, Germany; escort was provided by 7 P-47s.[15] Concluding that the BQ-7 was not successful against 'hard targets', United States Strategic Air Forces Headquarters ordered that it be sent against industrial targets instead, and 2 more missions were flown. Bad weather prevented the primary target from being identified, and both aircraft were directed towards Berlin. 3438 soon crashed into water due to low fuel. 30066 flew independently to Sweden where it crashed. The escorting aircraft had previously had to return due to low fuel.



	

PHOTOS:

 "MUGWUMP" 418TH aircraft, Photo taken stateside. (100th Photo Archives) 

Mugwump at Feresfield for clandestine operations as Aphrodite Project

Mugwump Aphrodite Project gone wrong and crash in Sweden. 

Mugwump 230066 LD-U . Photo courtesy of Jim Potts Daughter Eileen Potts Smith

Mugwump, Piccadilly Lily, Laden Maiden, Horny in North Africa (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Four 100th B-17s over the Alps, top "Cowboy" Roane in "LADEN MAIDEN," 2nd from top (smaller image) Henry Henington in "HORNY," center Bob Wolff in "WOLFF PACK, lower "Bucky" Egan and "Crankshaft" Cruikshank in "MUGWUMP". Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

 A/C 230061 Wolff Pack with damaged stabilizer, A/C 23393 Just-a-Snappin in lead, and A/C 230066 Mugwump at the bottom on the 17 Aug 43 Regensburg mission. (Photo courtesy of Big Joe Armanini) Wolff crew information | Blakely crew information | Cruikshank crew information | Regensburg mission information 

 Lead Squadron flying over the Alps on 17 Aug 43. Command Pilot Jack Kidd (Group Operations Officer) & Ev Blakely in Just-a-Snappin A/C 23393 LD-Y, John D. Brady & John L. Hoerr in Stymie A/C 23237 LD-R, Command Pilot John Egan (418th Squadron Command Officer) and Charles Cruikshank in Mugwump A/C 230066 LD-U, and Bob Wolff & Charles Stuart in Wolff Pack A/C 230061 LD-Q. (Photo courtesy of Big Joe Armanini)  

 Damaged "WOLFF PACK" enroute to North Africa from Regensberg 17 Aug 1943 (100th Photo Archives) 

 Lead Squadron Regensberg 17 Aug 1943. The damaged B-17 in the center was flown by Robert Wolff. In September 1943 the Germans were to fish Bob and his crew out of the English Channel. Wolff's water landing was one of the most successful of the war. There were no injuries, either in the landing or egress. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) Bob Wolff's damaged B-17 over Italy 17 Aug 1943. Detailed information (100th Photo Archives) 

Lt William Flesh Crew Stateside with Mugwump. L-R Standing:  T/Sgt Robert DeKay-ROG, Lt Paul R. Englert-Bom,Lt William R. Flesh-Pilot,  
Kneeling far right S/SGT  Walter HALUNKA

 William R. Flesh crew. Paul R. Englert BOM, standing second from left Stateside. William Flesh is standing third from Left.  S/SGT  Walter HALUNKA Is kneeling second from left, Crew standing in front of Mugwump (100th Photo Archives) 

Capt Charles "Crankshaft" Cruikshank Crew in North Africa after Regensburg Mission Aug 17, 1943.  They are in Front of Mugwump. 
Courtesy of Jim Blakely, Forkner Photo collection and Matt Mabe .