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USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Lane Tech of Chicago
B-17G-1-VE 42-39856

96th Bomb Group, 337th Bomb Squadron


Photo: courtesy Tom Kane

Delivered to USAAC at Long Beach on 21 Sept 1943, this B17 was purchased by $300,000 of War Bonds from students and staff at Lane Tech High School in Chicago. It was christened at Midway Municipal Airport on 17th October 1943.

Assigned to 96th Bomb Group at Snetterton Heath, the plane is also thought to have carried the later title of "Wacky Woody" but it is not yet known if this was on the other side of the nose or a replacement title on the right side. If anyone has a photo which clarifies this I would be most interested to study it.

On 8th April 1944, "Lane Tech" was listed as missing in action in Noordoostpolder, Netherlands. After landing near the Isle of Urk, five of the crew successfully evaded capture but the others were caught and became POWs.

No mission listing is currently available for this aircraft

© Ray Bowden 21 May 2018