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ERNEST F. WITHAM

Renamed to NITE AND DAY after Transfer to 406th Night Leaflet Squadron - AKA "Midnite Mistress"

Contributor - Ivo de Jong

Shown with (L-R): Ernest F. Witham (Pilot), Robert E. Linc (Co-Pilot) and Frank E. Scauzillo (Navigator). Pilot Ernest F. Witham and his crew flew PROBLEM CHILD on the mission of 20 Jun. After the 487th Bomb Group switched to B-17s, this B-24 was reassigned to the 406th Bomb Squadron, a unit that dropped propaganda leaflets at night.

Info Contributor - William E. Pattillo

Although the art work was in place (and called "Midnite Mistress" by a previous crew), my Father William C. "Pat" Pattillo (Pilot) and crew named her NITE AND DAY in April of 1945. (He still has the stencil design!) They named the airplane in recognition of the fact that it had been on many day and night missions in it's career in the 406th Night Leaflet Squadron. The crew flew their first mission 18 Apr 45 and returned to the U.S. (with ten ground crew members) and parked NITE AND DAY at Bradley Field 11 Jul 45.

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