Kenneth Sparks Short Snorter - Note #1
The Short Snorter Project
Kenneth Sparks Short Snorter Note #1: France 20 francs.
This note was acquired by Kenneth Sparks during his 12th mission, a bombing raid over the submarine shipyards at
Hamburg, Germany, on March 20, 1945. One of the B-17 engines was shot up pretty bad (oil line) and the pilot (John
Whitesides) had to make an emergency landing at a "mesquito bomber" base near Liege, Belgium. The crew took a nap
then went into town for a meal. He remembers purchasing a little bottle of perfume and acquiring this banknote.
FRONT SIGNATURES
(*** pictured below)


Kenneth Sparks - Bombardier***

J. W. (John) Hines - Co-Pilot***

Morton Hertz - Navigator
Was aboard the B-17 "ALEX" which
collided with B-17 "RECALL" on
April 5, 1945.
Robert A. Stuempfle

Bill Munson
"Sgt 3"

Frank Kalan - Waist Gunner***

Johnny Drew
J.W.
Hines
William
Hinshaw
George W.
Cathey
Kenneth
Sparks
John
R.J. Roy
Alfred
Smith
Ray E.
LaRue
David
Duncan
Frank M.
Kalan
Photo of pilot George W. Cathey's original B-17 bomber crew in front of an unknown plane. Airman in fuselage unknown.
Many of these crewman were on the ALEX when it collided with the RECALL on 5 April 1945 returning from a bomb raid.
Picture of co-pilot J. W. Hines with the
dog his mother gave him for a mascot.
Dogs were common mascots.
Uncommon were
bears and coyotes.
Formation of B-17 bombers on a mission. Note the unpainted aluminum due to the fact that the allies had air superiority.
(Photo courtesy of Kenneth Sparks)