|Stanley M. Foster Short Snorter
The Short Snorter Project
Air Cadet Bud Barbee wrote about Stanley Foster's flying in his column titled "STAR DUST" published in the air
cadet graduation yearbook Bee Tee... "That isn't any worse than hedge-hopping the way "Foxhole" Foster does it.
He likes to fly along and hit the wheels and bounce over the fences. Pretty tricky, but not recommended."
Stanley Foster's first crew, including Clinton Roemer as Navigator, was formed up at Ephrata Field, Washington, August
1942. From there they moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where their first plane, a B-24D, was ferried in during the month of
October. Later that month they left for Hamilton Field, California, for overseas dispatch. On October 26, 1942, they
departed at night for Hickam Field, Hawaii, in their B-24D named "SO VELLY SOLLY". After arriving in Hawaii, they were
based at Kahuku Field, Oahu, with the 7th Air Force, 372nd Squadron. It appears his short snorter began Feb. 28, 1942.
|Nose art from Stanley Foster's B-24 Liberator bomber SO VELLY SOLLY. The Japanese had been
broadcasting propaganda about "accidental" bombings and using the term "so very sorry" but
pronouncing "very" as"velly" and "sorry" as "solly". (Note the snake with Japanese army helmet.)
Stanley M. Foster's nephew, Norman Gordon, submitted this short snorter which belonged to his uncle who served in
the South Pacific as a U.S. Army Air Corps B-24 Liberator pilot and fought in the Battle of Guadalcanal.