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Aircraft: 232009

 Gerald H. Steussy's crew with Russian officers at plane, "BLACK CAT 13" (42-32009), Mirgorod, Russia late June 1944. Front Row (l to r) Joda Ticer (TG), Pete Petrdill (CP), Gerry Steussy (P), Russian officer. Second Row (l to r) Mac MacAllister (BOM), Carlos McCutcheon (TTE), Eddie Dumas (LWG), Tony Nocchiero (ROG), Julius Greenwald (BTG) Russian officer, Bill Leech (NAV). Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

NAMES: Black Cat 13



Black Cat 13


0000-00-00   Accepted into inventory (date unk)
1944-01-15  Denver
1944-01-29  Grand Island
0000-00-00  Assigned to UK - (date unk)
1944-03-04  Berlin w/Lt Pearson Crew (some battle damage, conf
1944-03-06  Berlin RFO - Lt Celesta B. Harper - 10 RMC severe
1944-07-28   FTR MID - 297621
1944-07-28  FTR MID - 297621

Pilot Info

Crew: 8 KIA, 1 POW

Related Info: : SPEAR, ALBERT S




 BLACK CAT 13 42-32009 LN-X 

Edward Fawcett (right), Dempsey (350th) with 009,Black Cat 13 down in Channel on 56th mission. (courtesy of Elder Family)

Newspaper article about Robbie Gill's survival and loss of Black Cat 13. (Courtesy of Matt Mabe)

Black Cat 13, A-2 of John F. Himpel, RWG of the Edward P. Noordyk crew. The back of the coat had a big eagle with "Eddies Eagles” above it