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Aircraft: 297555

PFF “Island F for Fox” and "Old Dan Boone" was assigned at this point to 96th BG at snetterton Heath. MZ-F 297555. Snetterton Heath was homevto all 3rd AD PFF radar planes from April 44-early June 44
Lt Col John Bennett flew as Command Pilot in  "Old Dan Boone" on the March 8, 1944 mission to Berlin. As 13TH CBW LEAD w/CAPT. JACK SWARTOUT, LT LEONARD BULL-NAV LT CHARLIE STAPELTON-FORMATION OFFICER.  Lt Col Bennett will be awarded the Silver Star for this mission. 

482nd BG in Jan 1944
96th Bomb Group April 1944
95th BG in June 1944

NAMES: Island F for Fox
Old Dan Boone
PFF

PILOTS: LT  JAMES B NOBLE
MACR: 07880 SQUADRONS: ??-F

NOTES

A Pathfinder aircraft from the 95th Bomb Group --- "Island F for Fox" may have been the radio call sign for the aircraft and not a name painted on the nose. Nose Art was Dan Boone Lt Stanley Clark Crew

HISTORY

1943-12-20   Accepted into inventory
1943-12-19  Denver
1944-01-12  Langley
1944-01-28  Mitchell
1944-01-28  Assigned to UK 482nd BG Alconbury
1944-04-01  Transferred to 96th Bomb Group, Snetterton Heath MZ-F
1944-06-07   Transferred to 95th BG-Horham ??-F
1944-06-19   First Operational Sortie with 95th BG
1944-07-28   FTR - Flak - Offilin, ?
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1944-07-28  FTR - Flak - Offilin, ?

Pilot Info

Crew: 2 KIA, 9 POW

Related Info: : NOBLE, JAMES B

Comments

    Pilot: Lt. James B. Noble -or- Capt. Floyd H. Mason

 Lt Col John Bennett with Capt Jack  Swartout flew “Old Dan Boone" on March 8, 1944 to Big B- BERLIN 

On 08/03/44, this crew led the 13TH CBW LEAD w/CAPT. JACK SWARTOUT, LT LEONARD BULL-NAV LT CHARLIE STAPELTON-FORMATION OFFICER.  Lt Col John Bennett was  awarded the Silver Star for this mission. 	

PHOTOS:

Originally with 482nd BG (P) then transferred to 96th BG in April 44 - MZ-F 297555, then transferred to the 95th Bomb Group in June 1944. A/C carried nose art for  Old Dan Boone.

 Lt Col John Bennett with Crew of "Old Dan Boone" PFF 297555 ( named Island F for Fox and "Old Dan Boone" (100th Photo Archives) This photo includes the crew that flew with John Bennett on March 8, 1944 mission to Berlin 08/03/44, 13TH CBW LEAD w/CAPT. JACK SWARTOUT, LT LEONARD BULL-NAV LT CHARLIE STAPELTON-FORMATION OFFICER.  John Bennett will 
 awarded the Silver Star for this mission. 

Pathfinder "Island F for Fox"/ "Old Dan Boone" flown by Lt Noble Crew was originally with the 96th Bomb Group, then transferred to the 13th CBW, 95th Bomb Group in June 1944 and lost with Lt Noble/Capt Floyd Mason Crew on July 28, 1944. (Photo Courtesy of the 95th BG Photo Archives, Phil Samponaro)