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"ALPENIA, MICH." - Featured on Fold3 MemorialJack B. Newman / George Potts

Contributor - William Desilets
Taken at her dedication ceremony at Phelps Collins Air Field, Alpena, Michigan, 5 Sep 43. Shown with the original Ridgeway Crew which flew the "Babe" overseas to Grottie Field, Italy. Lost 24 Mar 44 over Mostar, Yugoslavia, when the ship took a direct hit from flak into the bomb bay compartment. Six crewmembers KIA and four POW.

Standing (L-R)
Pilot - Warren Ridgeway (KIA)
Co-Pilot - Joseph Whitlock (KIA)
Navigator - John LaCastro (KIA)
Bombardier - Joe Smith (KIA)


Kneeling (L-R)
Top Turret Gunner - John Colson (KIA)
Left Waist Gunner - Raymond Rabent (POW)
Right Waist Gunner - George Potts (KIA)
Ball Turret Gunner - Leroy Tripp (POW)
Tail Gunner - Frank Riggs (POW)
Radio Operator - Jack B. Newman (POW)

Info Contributor - Peter Newman
The residents of Alpena, MI raised the money to build THUNDER BAY BABE through the purchase of war bonds. The City of Alpena overlooks Lake Huron's picturesque Thunder Bay. Captain Ridgeway's mother's name was Babe. My Father, Jack B. Newman (Radio Operator - kneeling far right), later became a POW at Stalag 17 until he was liberated by General Patton's 3rd Army. - My Father's Account of the Last Flight of THUNDER BAY BABE

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