Biography of Ed Gregory
Sgt1/C, 8th AF, U.S.A.
I was top kick of the 367th Bomb Sqadron of the 306th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. After we got to England I got out of the 1st Sergeant bit and went to work as Crew Chief until it was over. I served as a crew chief for B17s in England, including the Rose of York.
Princess Elizabeth 'rechristening' the B17 Rose of York re-named in her honor at Thurleigh on 6 July, 1944. The King was also present. Click here for photo of the King and Princess, here for the Princess Christening the Plane, Here for the Princess and the Officer.
I was the Crew Chief of the "Rose of York" when the now queen of England was only 18. I thought it would be nice to do something for her being 18. At first the B-17 was named "Princess Elizebeth". The King said no to that so we changed the name to plain "Princess". Again no like, so we redo to "Rose of York". The plane got shot down returning from Big B with a BBC correspondent named Guy Byum, on its 98th mission.
The 367th lead the 8th AF on the first raid over Germany proper, we hit Wilhelmshaven. In fact it was my B-17 that flew Lead for the entire 8th AF.
After the war I went over to the USAF in 47 and was one of the first to be assigned at Wendover, UT. Also I did the first days of that Korean Police action. Flying Rescue missions behind the lines and picking up downed USMC flyers. Also was with the Air Inspector on the Island of Kwajalein. Was there when we dropped the Test bomb at Bikini. I retired as an E-7 in 1957.
----- Ed Gregory
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Rose of York A Story by Ed Gregory, USAAF
Rose of York Being Christened by Princess Elizabeth 'rechristening' the B17 Rose of York re-named in her honor at Thurleigh on 6 July, 1944. These photos courtesy R. Adsit who obtained them from a family friend, a Mr. McFarland, presumably a veteran, who had them with his stamp collection. Ed Gregory, Sgt1/C, 367th Sqdn, 306th Bmb Grp, 8th AF, USAAF Click here for photo of the King and Princess, here for the Princess Christening the Plane, Here for the Princess and the Officer.
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