NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

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BG

BS

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PHOTO CREDITS

"418"

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24

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15

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41-29418

8

44

68 WQ U 01-1

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AKA - "TURNIP TERMITE" (44th BG) / "PAPPY AND HIS CHILLUN" (486th BG) - Character from "Li'l Abner Comics" (Creator - Al Capp)
"Drawing"

Contributor - Stephen Adams
Transferred from the 486th Bomb Group April, 1944. Lost during forming up for a mission 21 Apr 44, Lt. Forrest C. Hovens crew. (8 killed & 2 badly injured). The art work was painted by Clayton E. Hutsell, Gunner on Lt. William B. "Pappy" Monroe's crew in the 486th BG. It was originally going to be called "PAPPY AND HIS CHILLUN". Monroe's wife Fanny sent a copy of the cartoon character "Pappy Yokum" after he had overindulged in turnips during the turnip harvest and turned into a green imp with pointed ears. The nose art was painted in Marrkesh, but Hutsell ran out of red paint, and the "Name" was never added. Hutsell recalled "After a few days at Sudbury, we went to our hardstand for a training flight. Lo and behold, our plane was gone and my art work with it!!"

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