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Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson
Air Corps 1942 - 1945

Click to view Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson's complete thirty five 
mission list and twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses flown between
March 27th thru August 26th, 1944 out of Horham Airfield, England.

The crew of the "Lili of the Lamplight" 44-6085

My father, Lt. Ernest Anders Erickson (bottom row center) always called the "Lili of the Lamplight" their ship (read article below crew photograph). When the crew first arrived at Horham, their original ship they had flown from Langley, Virginia up through stops in Roosevelt Field in New York, Maine, Greenland and Iceland was taken away from them and transferred to another airfield and squadron. My father and crew became a crew without their own ship and over their time at Horham when they began flying combat missions the crew would end up on-board twelve different B-17s.

The twelve B-17s flown: Lili of the Lamplight (44-6085) * Taint A Bird II (42-30342) Fireball Red (42-31876) * Able Mable (42-31920) * Mirandy (42-31992) Gen'ril Oop & Lili Brat (42-31993) * Ten Aces (42-38178) Smilin' Sandy Sanchez (42-97290) * Paisano (42-102450) * Stand By / Goin' My Way (42-107204) The Doodle Bug / What’s Cookin? (42-107047) * To Hell Or Glory (42-38123)

By May 31st, 1944 the crew flew their first mission aboard the "Lili of the Lamplight." It became their ship and so named by the crew not long after their first few missions on-board.

Read the Bismarck Tribune article from Oct. 5th, 1944 below the photograph.

Also the crew's complete 35 missions:
35 missions between March 27th through August 26th of 1944

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