USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Peerless Clipper
B-24 42-29216

449th Bomb Group, 717th Bomb Squadron

Peerless Clipper

Purchased as a result of War Bonds by Peerless Woolen Mills of Chattanooga, TN, this B24 was initially assigned to the crew of Lawrence Sies (also from Chattanooga), part of the 717th Squadron's original cadre.

It was lost on 2nd April 1944 over Steyr after flying into the debris of a mid-air collision resulting from a rocket attack by Luftwaffe fighters which hit "Miss Behavin" and "Superstitious Al-o-ysius. All eleven members of Jake Kury's crew perished and only one man survived out of the 31 men flying in the three planes.

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© Ray Bowden 15 July 2024