Sergeant Lawrence Gilbert, while stationed with the Eight Air Force in England during World War 2, had the distinction of naming two Flying Fortresses. According to the “unwritten law” of the Air Force, when a bomber does not return from a mission and a new plane is given to the crew a member of that crew has the distinction of naming the new plane. Sergeant Gilbert had this privilege twice, naming the “Peacemaker” and the “Emma Lou”. The “Emma Lou” in honor of his wife.
Bringing the Peacemaker Home
Badly marked by Focke-Wulf 190’s the B-17 The Peacemaker of the 91st Bomb Group limps towards the sanctuary of the English coast escorted by P-51B Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group. To keep her flying the crew are jettisoning everything that they can. The Peacemaker made it back to Bassingbourne that day, eight others did not.