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Starboard (Right) Side - Port has WIMPY'S QUEEN -  "42-50901" ID Plate & Location

Contributor - Robert Livingstone

Info Contributor - Al
According to 1/Lt Lawrence W. Bachman (Co-Pilot in the Shaw crew), "When we taxied our new ship to our hardstand, our crew chief, Harold Detty, informed us that he would reserve the Co-Pilot's side of the plane for The Y.M.C.A. FLYING SERVICE insignia to honor his special English girl friend, Peggy, who manned the "Tea Cart" that went about the base to bring hot tea and scones and other goodies to the crews who maintained and flew the planes. He said we could put anything we chose on the other side. We readily agreed and proceeded to put our own art on the Pilot's side. Pilot B. Ray Shaw was short and stout and had lived with the nickname "Wimpy" for several years. He had a pet name for his wife, "Queenie", so it was only a short step to come up with the name WIMPY'S QUEEN. Completed 42 missions, in spite of battle damage that grounded her for several days while repairs were completed and engines were changed, three at one time. Not only did we complete our missions in her, we also flew her back to the States after the European war ended."

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