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Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby! by itifonhom Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby! by itifonhom
 "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" was a B-17 bomber of WW2 and was named by her crew for a song of the same name made popular by The Andrews Sisters, the favourite song of its crew chief T/Sgt. Hank Cordes. Photographs of the bomber indicate that a third "Shoo" was added to the name at some point in May 1944 when the original aircraft commander completed his tour of duty and was replaced by another pilot.
The nose art on the airframe was one of some 130 pieces painted by line mechanic Tony Starcer for "The Ragged Irregulars", this one based on Alberto Vargas' "Hawaii" Esquire pin up art.
    On 26 April 1944 she flew her final mission. The crew's navigator, 2nd Lt. John M. Lowdermilk, described the circumstances of Shoo Shoo Baby's final mission:
“Soon after we crossed the German border, we lost number three engine, I believe because of losing oil pressure. Bob could not get the prop feathered (rotated 90° to put the blade edge perpendicular to the airflow). It continued to windmill (turn without power in the airflow) the entire trip with no vibration. We attempted to stay in formation with three engines but found this impossible and had to drop out. We continued on course to the best of my ability. We were losing altitude but continued to the target and dropped our bombs. Flying alone toward the Baltic Sea, we saw many German fighters attacking formations of B-17s and could not understand why they didn’t pick us out as a straggler. Before we reached the Baltic Sea, we lost the second engine, and the decision had to be made to go to Sweden because we could not make it back to England. Bob asked for a course to Sweden, and I charted one to a little town called Ystad in the very southernmost part of Sweden.

All loose equipment, including machine guns, radio equipment, and clothing, was thrown overboard in order to lighten the ship. An attempt was made to drop the ball turret, but it wouldn’t move.

As we approached the coastline, Bob was interested in knowing whether or not it was Sweden. I confidently stated that it was, but after the flak started coming up as we got over land, I wasn’t so sure. All of it was low, and I believe the Swedes were just telling us ‘Don’t try anything.’ Just before we reached land we lost the third engine, and we were losing altitude fast. A Swedish (J 9) fighter came up and led us to Malmö, Sweden, where a B-24, also in trouble, landed just ahead of us. Actually, we had to swing wide to keep from colliding."  (Source: Wikipedia)

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gymnosophist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Writer
:XD::XD: Fabulous! ...
My father worked on B-17s during WW II & I vividly recalling him telling me about when he returned from the War...
itifonhom Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Many many thanks, really glad you liked it!! :-) 
gymnosophist Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Writer
:D You're dearly welcome... :heart:
Always makes me smile to see a B-17...
ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
Great work.
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much!! :-)
Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Excellent - such a perfect pose for such an iconic aircraft.
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   Thank you so much, appreciate your comment!!
michaelamanor Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
We don't know how much longer it will be at the museum in Dayton. The people of Dayton helped rebuild it, but it's scheduled to be taken to the Smithsonian. The museum is currently refurbishing other B-17s including the Memphis Belle, but it is unlikely the restorations will match the excellence of this craft. 
itifonhom Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
    Itīs a great aircraft indeed, wish I could visit it sometime. Thank you for commenting!
playboyvicferarri Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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