George Wallis flew one forming ship flight
Wallis once flew a forming ship, “Fearless Freddy,” which was a brightly painted, stripped-down B-24 that took off and flew a racetrack pattern firing flares to attract the other planes in the group into formation until the real lead ship got in position. Then, the forming ship returned to base and didn't fly on the mission. Wallis said that his navigator on that flight was firing flares and fell off his seat, hurting his back. “We kidded him that he was the only casualty of the war sustained in the forming ship,” Wallis said.