Sometime between July and September, 1944, Bob Hope and his small USO
troupe, which included Frances Langford and Jerry Colona, went to Owi
Island to entertain the 43rd Bomb Group. Ken's Men returned the favor
by naming a 64th Squadron B-24 "Bob's Hope" and christening it the day
of Bob's show (see the 64th SQ Briefing Room). The following pictures
were sent by Crew Chief Robert Augustine of the 64th SQ. Mr.
Augustine stayed up all night the night before Bob's show, painting the
64th SQ logo on the side of the plane so it would be ready on time.
Bob and Troupe in front of
the Liberator "Bob's Hope" and surrounded by Kensmen
A closer view of Bob and
Another close view
Bob shaking hands with
another Bob--the Crew Chief Robert Augustine mentioned above
A shot of the Troupe, with
guitarist playing, in front of "Bob's Hope"
Christmas card sent by
Bob Hope to members of the 43rd