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NOTE: The Last Column "YRMODY" in Text File
 = Updated "Year/Month/Day"

To convert the "Text File" into an "Excel Spreadsheet"
(more readability, able to sort, offline access, etc.)
        a) Save the file (.txt) to your computer
        b) Open Excel
        c) File Open... 
            Select Files of type: Text Files
            Double Click on the file you just saved
            Select Delimited
            Click Next >
            Under Delimiters: Select Tab
            Click Finish
        d) Save as Excel File (.xls)

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Select the "Attachment" (in your email) then "Drag & Drop" into Excel

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Example from:  "Text File"
as of [1 DEC 2011]
5585 Unique B-24 Aircraft Listings
just like this...

* V# NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF S/N AF BG BS SC RCL RCN #P YRMODY
01 BUZZ JOB B - 24 H - 15 - FO 42-52724 15 485 830 ~ H 3 070124
02 BUZZ JOB B - 24 G - 16 - NT 42-78435 15 455 741 ~ ~ 32 1 090917
00 BUZZ TAIL B - 24 H - 15 - CF 41-29553 8 487 837 4F F 1 070610
00 BUZZ TAIL II B - 24 HSA - 30 - CF 42-50447 8 487 837 4F M 2 080322
00 BUZZER, The B - 24 H - 10 - CF 41-29307 15 449 719 ~ 4 3 080813
00 BUZZIN' BEAR B - 24 D - 25 - CO 41-24229 8 44 67 ~ P_ 3 110126
00 BUZZ-Z BUGGY B - 24 J - 120 - CO 42-109967 14 308 374 ~ ~ 4 110316
01 BUZZZZ JOB B - 24 H - 10 - FO 42-52252 15 454 738 ~ ~ ~ 1 090113
02 BUZZZZ JOB B - 24 J - 90 - CO 42-100290 5 22 408 ~ ~ ~ 2 090113
00 BY THE NUMBERS B - 24 J - 145 - CO 44-40122 8 491 854 6X B- 4058 1 080818
* 00 C R T C TB - 24 J - - CO ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 1 070914
00 C. E. SHACK B - 24 D - 25 - CO 41-24292 14 308 425 ~ ~ ~ 3 070916
00 C.O.D. KNOT FOR TOJO B - 24 D - 7 - CO 41-23836 5 90 321 ~ ~ 3 090421
01 CABIN IN THE SKY B - 24 D - 85 - CO 42-40676 7 11 42 ~ ~ ~ 2 110725
02 CABIN IN THE SKY B - 24 J - 180 - CO 44-40811 10 7 492 ~ 92 2 091023
00 CACTUS KID B - 24 J - 185 - CO 44-40857 10 7 9 ~ ~ 26 2 080827
00 CALABAN B - 24 D - 25 - CO 41-24232 8 44 67 ~ M 3 110107
00 CALAIS CLIPPER B - 24 HSO - 1 - FO 42-7634 8 93 329 RE T 1 110509
01 CALAMITY JANE B - 24 M - 10 - CO 44-42019 14 308 374 ~ ~ 2 080130
02 CALAMITY JANE B - 24 H - 15 - FO 42-52440 15 451 725 ~ A 60 1 080223
02 CALAMITY JANE B - 24 H - 15 - FO 42-52440 15 451 725 ~ A 56 2 080223
* 03 CALAMITY JANE B - 24 J - - CO 42-7XXXX 10 7 9 ~ ~ 1 080515
04 CALAMITY JANE B - 24 D - 150 - CO 42-41220 9 376 515 ~ 93 1 090924
* 00 CALDON-YA B - 24 HSA - - 8 492 ~ 3 070805
00 CALIFORNIA BABY B - 24 HNB - 20 - CF 41-29607 8 492 857 ~ L 1 101213
00 CALIFORNIA ROCKET B - 24 J - 10 - FO 42-51714 15 459 757 ~ ~ 4 110504

& Will look like this in "Excel"...
B-24 Best Web "Patch"

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LEGEND on Web Site TABLES: Example...

NAME TP - M#

SER

- BLK - MF

SERIAL #

AF

BG

BS

SC RCL/# V#-P

PHOTO CREDITS

ARIES

B

-

24

HNB

-

15

-

FO

42-52693

8

492

857

~

~

01-2

N/A

 

  • NAME =

    • More than one listing for the "Same Name" indicates Different Aircraft, Nose Art, or Group/Squadron assignments designated by Version #s (V1), (V2)... etc. under the "V#" column.

    • A lot of aircraft names started with "The". They will be listed by the following "Word" in their name.

      Example: WITCH, The

    • Note: AKA = "Also Known As" <Name never applied> and will be represented by the last "3" #s in the S/N (Serial Number)

  • TP =

    • Type
        B - Bomber
      CB - Cargo/Transport Bomber
        F - (F7) Photo Reconnaissance - Very Long Range (VLR) Combat Mapping
      LB - Land Bomber (NOT Liberator British)
              LB-30s repossessed by the U.S. were not given (and did not carry) U.S. Serial Numbers.
              Carried on AAF books as LB-30s with their British serials. These S/Ns were put on the fin
              (where AAF serials were normally placed)
      PB - PathFinder Force [PFF] Bomber - 15th AF Lead Aircraft with "Mickey" Radar
      RB - Restricted Bomber
      SB - Snooper Bomber (13th AF / 868th BS "SNOOPERS")
      TB - Training Bomber
      WB - (Post War Nomenclature) Long Range Weather Reconnaissance (LRW)
      XB - Experimental Bomber

  • M# =

    • Model Number
        7 - (A/B) Photo Reconnaissance
      24 - Liberator (Bomber)
      30 - Liberator (Land Bomber) - Consolidated Model Number

  • SER =

    • Series: A-N

    • Note: May have additional designators after the Series "Letter"... (Examples: 1 | SH | etc.)
         1 - Nose Turret Modification
      AS - Anti-Submarine
      AZ - AZON
      EA - Eagle
      HO - H2X (Mickey Radar) + G-H
      NT - Night
      SA - Carpetbagger 801st BG (P) became 492nd BG in Aug 44 (No squadron code)
      SH - H2X (Mickey Radar)
      SO - H2S (British radar for blind bombing installed in early 482nd BG (P) PFF aircraft)

  • BLK =

    • Block of serial numbers (increments of 5... 1, 5, 10, 15, etc.)

  • MF =

    • Manufacturer
      CF - Consolidated/Fortworth
      CO - Consolidated/San Diego
      DT - Douglas/Tulsa
      FO - Ford/Willow Run
      NT - North American/Dallas

  • SERIAL # =

    • Serial Number - 2digit number, starting the S/N, represents the Fiscal Year Funds that were used to pay for the airplane, usually (but not always) the same as the fiscal year in which the plane was ordered.

  • AF =

    • Air Force Unit Assignment

  • BG =

    • Bombardment Group
         1P =
      1st Provisional Bomb Group - Halverson Project (HALPRO)

  • BS or RS or SQ or WNG=

    • Bombardment Squadron

    • Reconnaissance Squadron - LRW (Long Range Weather Reconnaissance)

    • Squadron - F-7 (Photo Reconnaissance Squadron)

    • Wing - F-7 (Reconnaissance Wing)

  • SC =

    • Squadron Code - Two letter designation on the fuselage, denoting the Bombardment Squadron

  • RCL/# =

    • Radio Call Letter / #
      # = "Battle", "Constructor", "Distribution", "Last #s of S/N ", "Line" or any other #s shown on PICs
      "~"  =  N/A <Not Applicable>

      Can either be located on the Tail or Fuselage -
      In the "Data Table", (-R) is pronounced "Bar R" and could also be presented as (R).
      (R-) is pronounced "R Bar" and could also be presented as (R)

      Note: Although (R) and (R) can be represented on the web site, true "Text Format" will not permit these! So in order to keep the integrity in the "Text File";

      R  =  (Bar Above R) "Bar R" (R
      R_  =  (Bar Below R)  "R Bar" (R)

  • V#-P =

  • Version Number-Photo Number

(00) = No Other Version (On-Site)

(A#) = Assembly Ship (Lead Formation)

(P#) = Nose Art Panel

(R#) = Restoration/Representation

(W#) = Long Range Weather Reconnaissance (LRW)

  • Photo Credits

    • Copyright by Photographer, Owner, or "Origin" of the image
           AFM - US Air Force Museum, Dayton, Ohio
            CAF - Confederate Air Force, Harlingen, Texas
        NARA - National Archives and Records Administration
        NASM - National Air and Space Museum
      SDASM - San Diego Air & Space Museum
         USAF - United States Air Force

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B-24 Best Web. Published on Veterans Day 11/11/97. Last modified: August 01, 2017