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Susie Griffith Barbaer Locates Shopworn Angel Pictures!

“Here’s the pic that was in my dad’s wallet. My brother had this for years.”

The pictures below are wallet sized and laminated back-to-back. It must have been tacked to a wall at one time (note tack hole).

One side shows the Shopworn Angel’s nose art. This is the version with the 2 piece outfit and missing bra strap. Note under Woodrum’s name there is only one bomb painted. The plane was fairly new! Note elsewhere pictures with Brennan as captain of the third crew. There were lots of painted bombs by then. There were many more the day Captain Clay belly landed the borrowed plane as well.

The second picture is another angle of the Shopworn Angel after being belly landed by Captain Clay

Susie goes on to say, “They were all so brave and wonderful – They were truly “Men.” – Brave & couragious!

Very soon after this picture was taken, the first crew listed below were assigned to a different plane til repairs could be made to the Shopworn Angel. They were shot down on their very first mission in the replacement plane.

Henry (Hank) Clay Woodrum, Pilot
Irwin Randall Morgan, Co-Pilot
Carl Lee Griffith, Bombadier
Richard Eugene Burton, Radio-Gunner
Thomas Jacob Zagorski, Engineer-Gunner
Edwin Lockhart Hickey, Tail-Gunner

One Response to “Susie Griffith Barbaer Locates Shopworn Angel Pictures!”

  1. Carl says:

    From an e-mail to Carl Carrozza from Hank Woodrum;

    “Carl;

    I don’t think I can add anything to the name and design question. I don’t specifically recall Dad saying that he named it but guess that I always assumed that.

    He wrote a short story about the flight across the Atlantic. They had carburator problems and were able to get them swapped out in South America before they began the long crossing to Ascension Island. Without that change, they wouldn’t have made it. The carbs were burning too much fuel.

    They arrived in England Feb. 17, 1944 and his first combat mission was March 7, 1944. I am getting this info from his pilot log book. He flew 6 short flights after arrival in England prior to the first mission.

    I can only assume that the plane flown on that 12,000 mile hop was the Shopworn Angel, but can’t prove it. It may not have been named until arrival in England. As for the nose art, the model folks may have made the dress more “family friendly”. There is a print of the Shopworn Angel that a friend saw and purchased at the war museum in England. We have copies of the print. It appears to be done by Squadron Prints. I checked on line and it is not available any longer but if you go to the site it is print number 426. No photo but the aircraft info is available if you go to their list and look for 426 in the second column. The noseart in the print we have is the same as I have seen on all the photos of the Shopworn Angel.”

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