Earl Burke with B-17F 42-29636, "Ex-Virgin."
Earl Burke was a Toxic Gas Handler with the 854th Chemical Warfare Company.
Originally assigned to the 305th BG, 42-29636 bore the name "The Vanishing Virginian." Her original Navigator, Mal Sweet, suggested renaming her "The Virgin." A flak hit on May 14, 1943, above the "V" prompted yet another name change, de-flowering the plane and warranting the sobriquet "X-Virgin." Captain David Tyler brought her in to a belly-landing after returning from Schweinfurt on August 17, 1943, and the plane was transferred to the 384th Bomb Group. The "X-Virgin" survived her combat tour and was returned to the United States on May 12, 1944.
An exact copy of this photo was on the original site (old pages). Description and contribution taken from that copy.
Photograph courtesy of Earl Burke.