History of the
B-17 #42-30066 / Mugwump aka Rum Boogie II

Delivered Cheyenne 6/4/43; Gore 14/4/43; Kearney 16/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Hill 16/5/43; Kearney 22/5/43; Dow Fd 30/5/43; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-X] Andrews Fd 2/6/43; RUM BOOGIE II; transferred 418BS/100BG [LD-U] Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; as war weary F transferred from RCM 803BS to Aphrodite project Knettishall, UK. Missing in Action Heligoland 30/10/44 with Lts G. Barnes & R. McCauley; apparently ‘Mother’ lost contact, A/C went out of control and crashed Trollhättan, Sweden, the crater still exists. MUGWUMP.

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  1. von Karl-Gustav Danielsson am 26. November 2019 13:01 Uhr

    Some more data on the drone’s last mission:
    Control was not totally lost, so it was directed SE, towards central Germany.

    388th B.G. Intelligence Report – Aphrodite Mission No. 13 30 October says:
    “The first drone was taken out on course and no difficulty was encountered until the ships were about forty miles from the I.P. when the drone failed to respond to “Down” control.
    This part of the task force continued to the I.P. without “Down” control being established. A mile or two North-East of the I.P. the drone was put on a heading of 135 degrees, at 1500 feet altitude, at 1323 o’clock and turned loose.”


    • von b17flyingfortress.de am 26. November 2019 13:11 Uhr

      Thank you for sharing 🙂


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