The 446th Bombardment Squadron

Photos and History of the 446th Bomb Squadron
from Captain Glenn Crisp

Captain Glenn Crisp's plane at Falconara, Italy in 1945.

Lt. Glenn Crisp in his plane at Solenzara, Corsica.

Crew Chief Sgt. Clark working on Lt. Crisp's plane at Solenzara, Corsica.

Glenn Crisp's training crew.

Glenn Crisp Receives his Air Medal from General Knapp.

Some of Glenn Crisp's Tent Buddies.

Some of Glenn Crisp's Friends.

Captain Glenn Crisp's Funeral Ceremony

The B-25 'Silver Lady' Used at Glenn Crisp's Funeral.

Glenn Crisp's Son-In-Law, Larry Beutler, provided the photograph above. Glenn Crisp passed away on June 27, 2002 in Oregon. The information below regarding the "Silver Lady" was provided by Larry Schaible of the Tillamook Air Museum.

The B-25J-25-NC, S/N 44-30456, used in the ceremony for Glenn Crisp was built at North American's Kansas City factory and delivered to the Army Air Force on 17 January 1945. In 1947 all of its armament was removed, as it was modified to a TB-25L. It was later assigned to Reese AFB, Texas where it was used for pilot training until 1958. At that time, 44-30456 was retired for active military service and put into storage at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona. It was purchased from the U.S. government in 1959 and registered with the FAA as N3512G. The aircraft passed through several private owners and was employed as a Borate Bomber and transport aircraft until being exported to Canada by Bob Diemart in 1972.

N3512G's registration was then changed to C-GTTS. Ten years later C-GTTS became N43BA after it was purchased and returned to the United States in 1982 by William G. Arnot. Arnot and his B-25J "Silver Lady" was a fixture on the airshow circuit for many years. In 1994, the Silver Lady was purchased by the Erickson Group and added to the Museum's collection.

Larry Beutler describes the funeral ceremony: “The pilot for the ceremony was Jack Erickson. Co-pilot was Kevin McCullough. Also on board were two of Glenn's friends from the Air Museum, his two sons-in-law, and the family minister, Father Ray Ferguson. A huge crowd gathered at the end of the Air Museum's blimp hangar in Tillamook as the B-25's engine roared to life. After obtaining clearance, we took off from the runway heading north towards Twin Rocks, where Glenn Crisp had built his home some 25 years earlier. On the way there, we passed over the Alderbrook Golf Course, where a tournament was in progress that Glenn had planned to play in. Many of the golfers looked up and saluted as we passed overhead.”

“Heading north, we followed the coast line over the town of Garibaldi, and then up the beach to Twin Rocks and Rockaway Beach, where hundreds of vacationers stopped what they were doing to watch the big plane pass overhead. On our first pass up the beach, the pilot released a white plume of smoke as a signal to the family. A wide turn out over the ocean allowed us to locate the house and plan the subsequent line of flight.”

“We then flew inland over the hills behind the town, turned again and flew directly over the house, where family and friends were gathered on the deck facing the rocks and the ocean. Nearby residents were seen running out of their houses to see what was happening, as the noise from the plane was quite loud. The plane headed out to sea and over Twin Rocks, which sit about 800 yards offshore. The pilot released Glenn's ashes as Father Ray said a brief prayer.”

“We then returned to the Air Museum, where once again a large crowd of visitors at the Museum left the exhibits to watch the B-25J do a flyby and then land on a distant runway.&rdquo'

The article below about the ceremony appeared in the Tillamook Headlight Herald.

Glenn Crisp Obituary Article. Glenn Crisp Obituary Article.

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