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Why Do I Call Myself "The Bad Egg"?

Updated on December 9, 2012

The Bad Egg

The official USAAF portrait in 1944
The official USAAF portrait in 1944
This picture was taken by dad out of his gunnery window
This picture was taken by dad out of his gunnery window
The tail markings of this famous picture clearly shows that "Skippy" was a member of my dad's unit.
The tail markings of this famous picture clearly shows that "Skippy" was a member of my dad's unit. | Source
Dad and Mother in 1944
Dad and Mother in 1944
The Shoulder of the Bad Egg pilot's jacket
The Shoulder of the Bad Egg pilot's jacket
The back of the "Bad Egg" pilot jacket.
The back of the "Bad Egg" pilot jacket. | Source
The Bad Egg crew from the 570th. Dad is in the front row, second from the right.
The Bad Egg crew from the 570th. Dad is in the front row, second from the right.

Why Do I Call Myself “The Bad Egg”?

It’s simple. It was the name of my father’s plane.

In 1942, my dad joined the USAAF (United States Army Air Force). After boot camp, gunnery and bomber training in a B-17, he was sent to an 8thAir Force base near Framlingham, England, where he was attached to the 390th Bomb Group (Heavy), and the 570th Bomber Squadron. He was assigned to aircraft number 42-31229S, “The Bad Egg”.

My dad flew 26 missions on “The Bad Egg ”, until the plane was forced to crash land in France on September 9, 1944 after sustaining severe damage when a nearby plane, “Bundles of Trouble” received a direct hit in the bomb bays by German anti-aircraft fire. “Bundles of Trouble” disintegrated in a ball of light, and the shock wave and debris caused 7 other planes to fall out of the sky onto the outskirts of Dusseldorf, Germany. Luckily, my dad was filling in as an engineer on another plane, “Bombay Ann” when the explosion took place. 5 missions later, Dad was on his way back to the States with two Distinguished Flying Crosses (each with oak leaf clusters), two Air Medals and a Purple Heart. He is credited with 7 kills of German aircraft from his gunner positions on “The Bad Egg”.

Along with the medals and colorful mission history, Dad participated in food drop missions in Russia, Poland, and The Netherlands.

Dad passed away in 1999, and received full military honors. His memory and the memory of those that he served with are being kept alive at the 390thMemorial Museum in Pima, Arizona and at the Framlingham Memorial in England.


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      Parker 3 years ago

      I believe my great grandfather flew in the bad egg. Tail gunne position his name was Clarence Daryl (Dudley) Parker. If you know anything I'd love to know about it.

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      Mark Maloy 3 years ago

      Hey, my great uncle was John O'Connor who served on "The Bad Egg". He's the one in the picture, front row far left. I would love to get in contact with you and learn more about their experiences. He unfortunately just passed away last year.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Wow, I clearly understand now, why you call yourself 'badegg", only it's because of a "goodegg", your dad . . . and you too! This is a lovely tribute to his memory! Bless his soul in heaven! Kathi :O)

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      Del Banks 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      Thank you Sparklea!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Badegg! WOW, what a TERRIFIC story! So very interesting and wonderful tribute to your dad.

      I am SO GLAD he was on another plane when those explosions happened!. My dad was in the Army WWII, that is information for a future hub of mine.

      THANK YOU for the information on why your name is BadEgg, I always wondered about it! LOVE the photos, too. I am very nostalgic.

      My condolences for the loss of your dad, it is awful to lose our parents.

      He would be SO PROUD of this phenomenal hub. Voted up, useful and interesting!

      Thank you for sharing!

      Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      SopranoRocks 5 years ago from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for sharing this touching story. Not only that but by you telling the story to the next generation, the life of your father will live on, as it should!

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      Del Banks 6 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      Thanks for the email and comment, Warren. I remember the original picture, each crew member signed the back, and fortunately I scanned it before it was destroyed in a fire. Dad would tell me about each one of his crew members, and speak of them fondly, but he had a good friendship with your dad while they served. I had a conversation a few years ago with John Warner, and he had nothing but good things to say about all of the guys.

      Thanks again for your comment and email!

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      starlifter 6 years ago

      My dad flew with your dad on the Bad Egg. He is in the first row, first one on the right. (Under #2 Engine)He was on the Sept. 9 1944 mission on the Bad Egg. He flew 35 missions. He passed away Nov. 1990

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      Brandon 6 years ago

      Looking to find out howi can find out a crew list of who flew on the bad egg. My grandfather. Cpt. William c savoca I believe did many missions as captian of the bad egg. I actually hve the original bomber jacket with the bad egg painting on itshowing 35 bombing missions. If anyone has any info that my help please email me at turboaudi1281@yahoo.com. thanx

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      Del Banks 6 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      As a matter of fact, he did. When the plane was assigned to the 91st BG for a short time. You know your history, awesome!

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      The Associate 6 years ago from Southeastern USA

      That is really a great story. My grandfather was also in WWII and, the the stories he tells me are mind boggling. Didn't Clark Gable fly on the "Bad Egg"?