THE BUFFALO GAL
A warplane was government property but men who fought in it were apt to consider it “our plane.” The
appropriation was usually affirmed with a name and combat achievements painted on the nose area of the craft.
My daughter, Jan, was born in 1943 about the same time our crew was being put together. Her home
was at Buffalo Gap, Texas near Abilene. The crew immediately adopted her as the “Buffalo Gal” after
the song of the same name. In her honor, the crew’s decision was to name our B-17
Flying Fortress - “The Buffalo Gal.”