USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Gerty the Gremlin
B-24H-1-FO 42-7649

446th Bomb Group, 707th Bomb Squadron

Gerty the Gremlin

This was a long serving B24 which completed 70 missions, including several freight-carrying flights to supply the fast advancing 3rd Army of General Patton as it raced across France. Finally, in January 1945 it was classified as "WW" war-weary and sent back to the USA where it was scrapped.

A full mission list has yet to be compiled but it is known that "Gerty" suffered severe flak damage on a Crossbow V-weapon attack on 21st January 1944. Repaired, it was badly hit again on the first successful mission to Berlin on 6th March but was back flying again a month later. In September, at least four supply runs were made carrying groceries and flour to Orleans, France.


© Ray Bowden 9 August 2022