The Rigor Mortis, a B-17 Flying Fortress in North Africa and Italy in World War II. 32nd Bomb Squadron of the 301st Bombardment Group, 12h AF and 15th AF.

"Rigor Mortis"

B-17 Flying Fortress

12th Air Force - 15th Air Force

301st Bombardment Group (H)

32nd Bomb Squadron

12th Air Force, Formed Late 1942 For North African Campaign

1st Crew

Don Brazee, Pilot
Charles William Randrup, Co-Pilot
Burt Lewis, Navigator
Emory Cook, Bombardier
James Farrell, Engineer
Lloyd E. Willoughby, Radio Operator
Basil J. "Bob" Lovelace, Ball Turret
Wall, Waist Gunner
Machine Gun" Kelly, Tail Gunner

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15th Air Force

301st Bombardment Group
- 32nd Bomb Squadron
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- 817th Bomb Squadron

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Gordon Fann

96th Bomb Squadron

2nd Bombardment Group

Gordon Fann Flew on the Rigor Mortis on 2 Complete Missions and 1 Early Return.

Feb 22, 1944 - Early Return (Mission 148 to Zagreb, Yugoslavia)
Feb. 23, 1944 - Completed. (Mission 149, to Steyr, Austria).
Feb. 24, 1944 - Completed. (Mission 150, to Steyr, Austria).

The crew for each of these 3 missions was:

Freeman Storm, Pilot
Clarence Southern, Co-Pilot
William Cook
Edward Ross
Andrew Bonnell
Edward Spriggs
Stephan Hannon
William McNichol
Gordon Fann
Anthony Sikole

The above crew photo is not the same crew as listed above on the 3 missions. The bombardier in this photo is William C. williams.