Bombshell Gin: the Story Behind the Bottle

The Carolina Queen was a B-17G bomber of the 615th Bomb Squadron in the 401st Bomb Group during WWII. First Lieutenant Harold J. Chapman, father of Bogue Sound’s Founder, Richard Chapman, was the Pilot for the Carolina Queen. On January 11, 1944, the Carolina Queen set off for its 14th and final mission at 0845 with the target of Oschersleben, Germany. The Carolina Queen was attacked by 2 enemy fighters and went down 10 miles SE of its target. Of the 10 crew members, 5 were killed in action and 5 became POWs (prisoner of war). 1LT H.J. Chapman was one of the surviving POWs. Bombshell Gin was created to commemorate the brave acts of the Carolina Queen crew.

The 401st Bomb Group completed 245 combat missions with 178 in 1944 alone. They recorded the best bombing accuracy among B-17 groups in the Eighth Air Force, claiming 193 enemy aircraft. On April 20, 1945, the 401st bomb group flew their 245th and final mission over Brandenburg, Germany.  

Bogue Sound Cocktails

Crafted with our Bombshell Gin

Tom Collins

2 oz Bombshell Gin
2 1/2 oz Sour Mix
1 oz Club Soda

Cucumber Gin Cooler

2 lime wedges and chopped cucumber, muddled
2 oz Bombshell Gin
Tonic Water to top it off

The Salty Dog

2 oz Bombshell Gin
3 1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
Rim glass with salt and lime juice