Hello everyone! My name is Brandon DeLanzo, and I am the grandson of William DeLanzo of the 484th bomb group 827th squadron. He was an engine mechanic on plane number 70, also known as "The Uninvited/Hot Rocks." I was wondering if anyone would have any information about this plane, or perhaps about the crew that flew in it and worked on it. I have a few photos of the plane, some with my grandfather in it, but I have only seen it from the one side. Did the plane have any nose art? The photos I have seen just have the name near the cockpit but with no other artwork, unless it would perhaps be on the other side. I was also curious if anyone had any information about what bomb runs it participated in/missions etc.
My grandfather unfortunately passed in April of 2000, and I was not old enough to ask him the questions that I wish I could have. If anyone has any photos, information about the plane, him, his ground or air crew, I would be greatly appreciative!
The original pilot was Willie Kitchen. He got a bad leg injury from flak over Vienna on an early mission. I might have some photos you don't have. I don't know of any nose art on the plane. It survived the war and was salvaged in 1946. Send me a private message and we can trade some photos. I'll see if I can find anything else for you. Willie Kitchen died about 7 years ago in San Marcos, TX.