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Aircraft: 230088

 "THE SQUAWKIN HAWK" - 230088 - XR-E 349th (100th Photo Archives) 

Squawkin Hawk getting ready to head back to States for War Bond Drive. (Courtesy of Elder Family)

Squawkin Hawk.  Photo courtesy of Don "Duck" Bradley/Larry Bradley.

Artist Marc Poole sketch for David Engel 

Squawkin Hawk .  Courtesy of Grandson James Fred

NAMES: Squawkin Hawk



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

NOTES

Assigned to original cadre, Crew 9 --- Squawkin Hawk

HISTORY

1943-04-05   Accepted into inventory
1943-04-08  Cheyenne also 22-Apr-43 Kearney also 02-May-43 Wen
1943-05-15  Hill also 18-May-43 Wendover also 22-May-43 Kearne
1943-05-27  Dow also 29-May-43 Assigned to UK also 17-Aug-43 R
1943-09-06  RFO - Pilot Lt. Sumner H. Reeder - 1 KIA, 7 RTD, 2
1943-10-14  REM - electrically heated shoe failed
1943-10-20   REM - check on paper list
1943-12-31   REM
1943-11-05   RFO - Forced landed - RAF Tangmere - Lt. William R
1944-05-17  Returned Zone of the Interior - Henricks
1945-12-13  Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
1945-12-13  Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

Pilot Info

Crew:

Related Info: : N/A, N/A

Comments

    According to Sgt Engel, the crew was flying Squawkin Hawk II on the Sept 6, 1943 mission to Stuttgart and this was a G model.  Still have not been able to identify by serial number and codes Squawking Hawk II. Sgt Engel also said that Squawkin Hawk had bulletproof glass installed in the pilots compartment so had they flown Squwakin Hawk on Sept 6, 1943, they would not have experienced this amount of damage.	

PHOTOS:

 Flak Damage to the "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" (100th Photo Archives) 

 "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" poses with the Armament section of the 349th (100th Photo Archives) 

 "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" with Albert Mikkelsen, left, John Bennett (Air Exec), and Charles A. Brooks 

 "SQUAWKIN HAWK" - 230087 - XR-E - 349th (100th Photo Archives) 

 Flight crew on "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" (100th Photo Archives) 

 (100th Photo Archives) 

 "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" became the first B-17 of the 100th Group to fly 50 missions. With every square inch of her outer skin covered with names and autographs of men of the 100th, she was flown back to the U.S. to take part in a War Bond tour. 

 "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" became the first B17 of the 100th Group to fly 50 missions. With every square inch of her outer skin covered with names and autographs of men of the 100th, she was flown back to the U.S. to take part in a War Bond tour. 

 "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" became the first B17 of the 100th Group to fly 50 missions. With every square inch of her outer skin covered with names and autographs of men of the 100th, she was flown back to the U.S. to take part in a War Bond tour. 

 "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" became the first B17 of the 100th Group to fly 50 missions. With every square inch of her outer skin covered with names and autographs of men of the 100th, she was flown back to the U.S. to take part in a War Bond tour. 

 "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" Airplane signed by everybody for bond drive stateside. 349th aircraft. (100th Photo Archives) 

 "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" 349th aircraft (100th Photo Archives) 

Squawkin Hawk with autographs. Photo courtesy of Jim Potts Daughter Eileen Potts Smith

Being signed before making trip back home for Bond Tour. Photo courtesy of Jim Potts Daughter Eileen Potts Smith

Left is Neville Slade, Right is John Bartram, by tail turret of Squawking Hawk at 50 missions.

Squawkin Hawk 230088 XR-E.  First 100th BG plane to compete 50 missions.  Sent back to States for a Bond Tour.  

Squawkin Hawk 

Tail of Squawkin Hawk 

B-17F "SQUAWKIN' HAWK" - serial 42-30088 - became the first B-17 of the 100th Bomb Group to fly 50 missions. With every square inch of her outer skin then covered with names and autographs of men of the 100th, she was flown back to the U.S. to take part in a War Bond tour. 

Working relatively small again. The original B & W suffers from de-lamination to the upper section, and is smothered with scratches and dirt.....but was a joy and an honour!
Credit - David Engel Collection.
Repair, restoration & colourisation - Nathan Howland @HowdiColour.

The tail section to aforementioned and posted image of of the B-17F 'Squawkin' Hawk' of the 100th BG. The image was created from a negative of equal size, which was also suffering from the same issues of de-lamination, severe scratching and dirt.

Credit - David Engel Collection.

Repair, restoration & colourisation - Nathan Howland @HowdiColour.

 Courtesy of Grandson James Fred

230088 Squawkin Hawk  Courtesy of Grandson James Fred

SQUAWKIN HAWK - October 1943 (left to right)
S/Sgt. Charlie Ping-Tail Gunner, T/Sgt. Conner Brewster-Radio, S/Sgt. Francis "Frank" Dolsen-Ball Turret Gunner, Lt. Russell Engel-Navigator, Capt. Sumner Reeder-Pilot, S/Sgt. Robert M. Lovin-L/Waist Gunner, S/Sgt. Orrin Furlong-R/Waist Gunner.
Courtesy of Frank Dolsen. via his Nephew, Michael L. Dolsen, Anchorage, Alaska.
Frank still lives in Northville, MI...(8 Jan 2002)
Most of crew gathered for a photo shot, just after Lt. Engle returned from the hospital) 

Capt Sumner Reeder's Crew Enlisted men in front of Squawkin Hawk.  L-R front
Brewster, Ping, Lovin, Back Row L-R Dolsen, Pope, Furlong.

Lt Gossage & Squawkin Hawk newspaper article. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

Russ Engel Son David photoshopped this image so that all the crewmenbers were together in one photo.  Great job David .  Photo http://www.8thafhs.org/index.php of David Engel

Capt. Sumner Reeder in Pilot seat of Squawkin Hawk, 1943 (courtesy of Sister Betty Reeder Hauck)

Squawkin Hawk with first Crew names on Tail. 

 "SQUAWKIN HAWK" ground crew: Top from left; Durio and Phillips: Bottom from left: Bland and Callihan (100th Photo Archives) 

 Milt Heff, 351st Transportation Sections with "SQUAKIN' HAWK". (100th Photo Archives) 

Don "Duck" Bradley on Squawkin Hawk. Photo courtesy of Donald "Duck" Bradley/Laurence Bradley.

Don Bradley by Tail of Squawkin Hawk.   Photo courtesy of Donald "Duck" Bradley/Laurence Bradley.

Jim Anderson with Squawkin Hawk.  Photo courtesy of Donald "Duck" Bradley/Laurence Bradley.

Left to right: Capt Douglas (Group Bombardier), Lt. Ken Welty (Nav), Lt Col John Bennett (349th CO and Air Exe) Col Neil B. "Chick" Harding (Group CO), Maj John B. "Jack" Kidd 351st CO and Group Operations), Maj Harry Crosby (Group Navigator), Lt Robert "Rosie" Rosenthal (from the collection of Anthony Pecyk)

 Lt. J. D. Shirley, Lt Jack Bauman-S-2, Lt  G. Wright-S-2  & Capt Yarchinson. Photo courtesy of Anne Cowing 

Raymond Kegebein (838th Air Engineering Squadron) adding his name to the side of Squawkin Hawk. Of note, to his left you can see the signature of Ernest Lovato, who painted the original nose art on the plane (from the Jim Potts collection).

 Donald Jefferson of the 100th poses with Allied airmen in front of "SQUAWKIN HAWK" (100th Photo Archives) 

Capt Sumner Reeder's Crew Enlisted men in front of their B-17F 'Squawkin Hawk' of the 100th BG - 349th BS. L-R (front) Brewster, Ping, Lovin, (Back Row) L-R Dolsen, Pope, Furlong.

Credit: 100th BG Archives

Repair and colourisation - Nathan Howland - HowdiColour.

B-17F "SQUAWKIN HAWK' ground crew of the 349th BS - 100th BG: Top from left; Durio and Phillips: Bottom from left: Bland and Callihan.

Credit: 100th BG Photo Archives.

Image repair and colourisation - Nathan Howland - HowdiColour.

 Unidentified airmen pose with the "SQUAWKIN HAWK". (100th Photo Archives)