It's funny Kingman should crop up.
About 20 years ago, I started researching the history of one B-17 that was attached to the 401st Bomb Group at Deenethorpe. I ended up with a day by day combat diary and tracked down many aircrew that flew missions on her. She survived the war, and one of the aircrew that I wrote to flew her back to the US in 1945, and of course, she ended up at Kingman.
I often looked at many of the photos taken there hoping that I would spot "my B-17" amongst the thousands of aircraft parked at Kingman. Of course, the chances were very slim and I never did spot her. A shame, as it would have finished off the story nicely.
That was until last weekend when I found an aerial photo online of Kingman that I'm sure I hadn't noticed before. I found that I could zoom in for a closer look, and there she was parked up in the middle of the photo! I nearly fell off my chair!
Here's the photo...
...And there she is, right in the middle of the photo. B-17G-35-DL 42-107039 SC-M of the 612th Bomb Squadron, 401st Bomb Group....otherwise known as "Ice Cold Katy" 103 mission veteran and never lost a crew member.
Ice Cold Katy Kingman
That made my year that did!
Edited by fightersweep, 19 January 2018 - 01:11 PM.