Lt. Dewayne Bennett’s B-17G “Squakin’ Chicken” was the only survivor of the 545th Bomb Squadron following the raid on Schweinfurt, April 13th 1944.
The German fighters were forming up for the attack when the B-17s were less than ten minutes from the target, and while they only had three to four minutes before the P-51 escort fighters arrived, the carnage in the group was unbelievable. Still the remaining heavies pressed on, and their bombs hit the target at 14:09 hours.
When they left the target area there were no other planes left in Ben’s squadron. He and his crew finally made it back to England, but not before further attacks took a heavy toll. Shortly before reaching the coast, Ben’s wing-man, a survivor from another squadron exploded in midair after a direct hit from a flak shell.
Shown here is “Squakin’ Chicken” as she reaches the Channel coast, still pursued by 109s.
Each print has been numbered and hand-signed by the artist as well as:
Captain DEWAYNE “BEN” BENNETT – 384th BG
Leutnant ADELBERT SCHLARB – JG-1
Leutnant GERHARD HANF – JG-1 / 4 victories