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Aircraft: 230152

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

Messie Bessie running up engines 

NAMES: Messie Bessie



Messie Bessie


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




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)