I have a little follow up I would like to share. I have two photos, one of "Dear Mom", and another crew shot.
On 5 Nov. '43 a 2/Lt. Bill Burdick was returning from a mission over Germany in "Dear Mom", the plane that Bevers was assigned to later. Burdick was listening to a straggling B-17 on his headset. This plane was in distress and reported that its last engine had just died and would have to ditch. B-17's were good planes and "Dear Mom" was one tough old bird.
Apparently Burdick and crew put in 25 missions and "Mom" was turned over to Bevers. On mission # 9, a pathfinder mission on 30 Jan. '44 over Brunswick , Germany, "Dear Mom" suffered extensive flak damage and also lost one engine. Bevers brought plane back safely by flying low level until landing at Snetterton.
Below is another view of "Dear Mom" showing battle damage sustained on that fateful mission 13 flown on 13 Feb.'44. You can see holes aft of right wing caused by flak explosion in bombay that killed Sgt. Collier and seriously wounded R/O Fleming.
I will show crew photo and a little story with it in next post.