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Dead Man's Hand

A B-17G-5-BO, built at the Boeing Seattle plane and delivered to the USAAF on September 29, 1943, No. 188 joined the 447th at Harvard AAB.  It was flown across the Atlantic by Lt. Clarence Perkins of the 709th Squadron.  On board for the transit flight were:

Lt. Perkins

Lt. Clarence A. Perkins
Lt. Glenn J. Halvorsen
Lt. Ernest M. Norman
Lt. Thomas P. Foley
S/Sgt Harold B. Overton
S/Sgt Cliffor L. Myers
Sgt Irwin G. Marcuse
Sgt Ralph D. Warren
Sgt William J. Moore
Sgt Donald E. Collier

Combat Missions:

One of the 447th's "Century Ships," Dead Man's Hand is credited with 111 combat missions.  From available records, we've identified 106, shown below.
(Compilation by Rob Kirkwood)

NO DATE TARGET PILOT
1 12/31/43 COGNAC Stenvig
2 01/07/44 LUDWIGSHAFEN Skinner
3 01/11/44 BRUNSWICK Perkins
4 01/14/44 NOBALL NO. 107 GRAND PARC Lowry
5 01/21/44 NOBALL NO. 107 Perkins
6 01/29/44 FRANKFURT Kruezer
7 01/30/44 BRUNSWICK Sizer
8 02/03/44 WILHELMSHAVEN Perkins
9 02/04/44 FRANKFURT Perkins
10 02/10/44 BRUNSWICK Perkins
11 02/24/44 ROSTOCK Harris
12 03/11/44 MUNSTER Goetz
13 03/13/44 NOBALL NO. 74 BOIS DE LA JUSTICE Sizer
14 03/18/44 MUNICH Sizer
15 03/27/44 MARIGNAC CHARTRES Tigh
16 04/01/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN (RECALL) Gruber
17 04/08/44 RHEINE Sizer
18 04/10/44 DIEST SCHAFFEN Sizer
19 04/11/44 ARNIMSWALDE Kreuzer
20 04/18/44 ORANIENBURG RATHNOW Sizer
21 04/19/44 LIPSTADT WERL Sizer
22 04/20/44 NOBALL Sizer
23 04/26/44 BRUNSWICK Sizer
24 04/27/44 NOBALL NO. 78 Sizer
25 04/29/44 BERLIN Walsh
26 04/30/44 CLERMONT A/D Miller
27 05/01/44 NOBALL - RECALL Mitchell
28 05/09/44 LAON/ATHIES A/D Olds
29 05/12/44 ZWICKAU Kaye
30 05/13/44 OSNABRUCK Kaye
31 05/23/44 TROYES Otto
32 06/14/44 FLORENNES/JUZAINE A/F Hilding
33 06/18/44 MISBURG Hilding
34 06/21/44 BERLIN Skalitzky
35 06/22/44 NUCOURT Bloecker
36 06/23/44 ST. QUENTIN Hilding
37 06/25/44 AREA #1 "ZEBRA" G.H. Miller
38 07/08/44 ST. ANDRE DE L'EURE / NOGENT M/Y Bloecker
39 07/24/44 ST. LO AREA Bloecker
40 07/25/44 ST. LO AREA Bloecker
41 07/27/44 OSTEND Hatfield
42 08/11/44 BELFORT M/V Phillips
43 08/13/44 SEINE R. AREA Lazzarini
44 08/14/44 MANNHEIM Bloecker
45 08/26/44 BREST Delle Monache
46 08/28/44 BERLIN Milks
47 09/03/44 BREST Craig
48 09/05/44 BREST Craig
49 09/08/44 MAINZ Craig
50 09/11/44 FULDA Dingivan
51 09/17/44 ARNHEIM Hrabovsky
52 09/19/44 KOBLENZ Dingivan
53 09/22/44 KASSEL Houseknecht
54 10/02/44 KASSEL Cohen
55 10/05/44 MUNSTER A/F Cohen
56 10/06/44 BERLIN Cooke
57 10/09/44 GUSTAVSBURG Cohen
58 10/17/44 COLOGNE Clawson
59 10/30/44 MERSEBURG Krug
60 11/04/44 HAMBURG Briggs
61 11/06/44 NEUMUNSTER Graves
62 11/09/44 SAARBRUCKEN Hodge
63 11/16/44 DUREN AREA Horton
64 11/21/44 KOBLENZ Neal
65 11/25/44 MERSEBURG Horton
66 12/10/44 KOBLENZ Horton
67 12/11/44 KOBLENZ GIESSEN Horton
68 12/12/44 DORMSTADT Horton
69 12/15/44 HANOVER Horton
70 12/24/44 BABENHAUSEN Horton
71 12/30/44 MANNHEIM Jennings
72 01/02/45 NALBACH- Horton
73 01/03/45 KOBLENZ Horton
74 01/05/45 WAXWEILER Horton
75 01/06/45 WORMS Stanley
76 01/10/45 KARLSRUHE Horton
77 01/14/45 MADGEBURG Graves
78 01/15/45 AUGSBURG Hewitt
79 01/21/45 MANNHEIM Horton
80 01/29/45 KASSEL Mustaleski
81 02/01/45 WESSEL Horton
82 02/15/45 COTTBUS Horton
83 02/16/45 WESEL & RHEINE Horton
84 02/22/45 AALEN Horton
85 02/23/45 CRAILSHEIM Horton
86 02/25/45 NEUBERG Coleman
87 02/26/45 BERLIN Stanley
88 03/01/45 ULM Horton
89 03/02/45 DRESDEN Glazener
90 03/03/45 BRUNSWICK Glazener
91 03/07/45 DATTELN Summers
92 03/09/45 FRANKFURT Summers
93 03/10/45 DORTMUND Glazener
94 03/11/45 HAMBURG Coleman
95 03/12/45 MARBURG Glazener
96 03/15/45 ORANIENBURG Glazener
97 03/17/45 RUHLAND Glazener
98 03/18/45 BERLIN Glazener
99 03/19/45 ZWICKAU Glazener
100 03/20/45 HAMBURG Glazener
101 03/21/45 WITTMUNDHAFEN Bland
102 03/22/45 HELBERT AREA Beckwith
103 03/23/45 HOLZWICKEDE Beckwith
104 03/28/45 HANOVER Glazener
105 03/30/45 HAMBURG Glazener
106 04/19/45 DRESDEN Glazener

Dead Man's Hand was the last combat loss for the 447th.  On 
April 19, on the group's send-to-last mission, No. 188 was hit during a single pass 
through the formation my German jet fighters.

On board Dead Man's Hand (MACR 14180)
Pilot Lt Robert F. Glazener POW
Copilot 2Lt Harold Cramer KIA
Navigator FO Raymond E. Fortier POW
Bombardier Sgt Ernest L. Purcifull Jr   POW
Top Turret Sgt Sebastian Bucceri POW
Radio Operator Sgt Hobart A. Jarvis POW
Ball Turret Sgt Theodore E. Ciemier POW
Tail Gunner Sgt James W. Burton POW