2nd Lt Sheldon I. Vernon, B-17 pilot 384th Bomb Group (H), 8th Air Force, Grafton-Underwood, England 1943-1944 - birdshooter

Photo of the B-17 "HOTNUTS" which carried Lt Vernon and his crew into combat for 30 missions

He said that the maintenance crew named the plane because they would stay longer and the plane would be passed on to another crew. He and his crew had made plans to complete their 30 mission and they were planning to rotate back to the US which they did in May 1944. The plane was eventually flown back in 1945 and mothballed in Arizona.

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