Nine Yanks & A Jerk by Scott Culver
Below is Link to my interview on Fox News with Eric Shawn.
If you ever find out more about how the plane was named, please feel free to contact me.
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‘Son of a Gunner’
Son of S/Sgt. Henry J. Culver, Sr.
Ball turret/waist gunner/assistant engineer
445th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 703rd Bomb Squadron
Under Squadron Commander Major James M. Stewart
2nd Air Division
U.S. 8th Air Force, ETO, World War II
Here are three scans from the above book Nine Yanks and A Jerk, the cover plus pages 102 and 163, the only two pages where Earl is mentioned and that is from my website. So nothing new! But it is a nice book and tells a lot about the unit Earl served in and one of the planes. Note that crews served on different planes and Earl was on a different plane that went down before this 9 Yanks plane, but he was on the original crew and figured prominently in the naming of it. Since he was the only southern boy with nine Yankees, you now see how it got its name. Back then Northerners looked down on southerners, especially farm boys like Earl.