Gray - #27-1
Standing L-R: Shaffer, Paul D. (B); Vinson, Ralph D. (E/WG); Gray, Frederick A. Jr. (P); Schlarp, Norman C. (CP)
Stooping L-R: Turgeon, Armand R. (TG); Peebles, John A. (BTG); Brina, Robert R. (N); Smith, Woodrow W. (NG); Hawthorne, Frank C. (RO/WG)
from Stan Staples
Capt. Frederick A. Gray - Pilot.
This is a photograph of 42-78247 (#39) as it was going down on 4 October 1944. Although this crew was onboard, the pilot, William Waggoner, was a replacement pilot as Frederick Gray was in the hospital. This aircraft landed at a German airfield. The crew became prisoners and the aircraft repaired by the Germans.
This is the aircraft #42-78247 (#39) as it looked after the Germans repaired it. It was used to test German radar and other electronics. The code CL+XZ was painted black against a white background.