Young, J. E.

The James E. Young crew: 708th Squadron



August Altese: Originally with 301st BG in the 15th AF stationed in Italy. After being transferred to 8th AF, he flew as Navigator in brand new B-17 43-37756 ‘Milk Wagon’ with 447th BG/708th BS.

We named it “Milk Wagon”- milk butters indicated missions instead of bombs- because of chatter with new associates who believed war out of England was much more hazardous than missions flown in Italy. Since most airmen were fascinated with big breasted paintings on nose of their planes we out-didded them all (should have written out-titted!) no other nose art was larger titted than the Milk Wagons nose art.






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