Thanks to: Ray Martin, Sr. son of Lt. Edward L. Martin, Jr.; Chris Murphy, daughter of M/Sgt William J. Owens, crew chief.
“Gravel Gertie” parked at Tinian – a rare color picture.
At the time both pictures were taken, the airplane was credited with 43 bombing missions and one Japanese plane, an impressive total.
M/Sgt William J. Owens, crew chief (right) stands proudly in front of his “baby”. The plane is apparently “between” aircraft commanders, as none is listed. This picture may have been taken slightly earlier than the color picture above, because the banner with the name has not been added to the pirate insignia.
The Air Crew
The aircraft commander of “Gravel Gertie” for the last mission was Cpt Albert P. Semonian.
The Ground Crew
The Crew Chief of “Gravel Gertie” was M/Sgt William J. Owens.
Last updated 05/26/2012