Database Search

You are in the database section of the website.

Select a record category from RECORDS above. When you have selected a category, you will see search options for that category above the record list. 

Most fields require at least three characters. When you submit your query, the search engine will return all records that contain your search term.

Note that when searching for an aircraft serial number, you must enter the full serial number without the leading "4" and without a dash in the Aircraft SN search field. For example, you would enter 42-37772 as 237772.

The Personnel name field searches both last and first names, so if you enter the search term, "Russ", the search engine will return both Russell Abel and James Russell.

You narrow the search by entering more characters into the search field. For example, "Russ" returns many hits. "Russell" returns fewer hits. The same principle applies to all queries.

The POW and KIA categories are list only and are not searchable.

Aircraft: 230152

 "MESSIE BESSIE" 418th aircraft (100th Photo Archives) 

Messie Bessie running up engines 

NAMES: Messie Bessie



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

NOTES

Messie Bessie

HISTORY

1943-04-15   Accepted into inventory
1943-04-17  Cheyenne also 24-Apr-43 Smoky Hill also 30-Apr-43
1943-05-20  Smoky Hill also 28-May-43 Dow
1943-05-31  Assigned to UK
1943-06-25  REM - #4 engine burned up
1943-07-25  REM - ball turret
1943-08-12   REM - flap trouble
1943-08-17   RES
1943-09-16   FTO - #4 magneto out
1943-11-07  REM
1945-04-28  Salvaged
1945-04-28  Salvaged

Pilot Info

Crew: N/A

Related Info: : N/A, N/A

Comments

    N/A	

PHOTOS:

Messie Bessie jacket, front view.  Courtesy Jack O'Leary

Messie Bessie jacket, back view. Courtesy Jack O'Leary

 "MESSIE BESSIE" after a gear-up landing at Thorpe Abbotts. Inflatable bags are being used to raise her. (100th Photo Archives) 42-30152 LD-X - This is the crash of the Weather Ship Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Messie Bessie on airbag (from the collection of Joseph Ciotola)

Messie Bessie on airbags (from the collection of Joseph Ciotola)

Messie Bessie tail section with flak holes; October 1943 (from the collection of James Potts)

Messie Bessie (from the collection of James Potts)

"Messie Bessie" (from the collection of Russell Heckman)

"Messie Bessie" (from the collection of Russell Heckman)

 Wallace C. Forsythe crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Members of "Big Chief" Walter Moreno.  A great photo of the "Messie Bessie" Crew; 418th sq. Navigator William Baker is seen smiling on the far right (from the Russell Heckman collection)  Standing is L-R  Ned G. Eaton,  Afton C. Johnson, Wade Dowell, William Baker. 

Rosie's Riveters II on Hardstand 43.  In background is Messie Bessie X  238175. LD-O. Photo believed to be taken March 8, 1944 after Capt Robert Rosenthal's Crew returned from BERLIN to complete their tour of 25 Missions.  Photo Courtesy of Eileen Potts.  

John Weicheck manning a 50 cal. Messie Bessie is in the background (from the collection of James Potts)