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EARL J. TABOR

Starboard (Right) Side - Renamed from The PRIDE OF THE 48 / Renamed to The HOMING PIGEON

Contributor - Fran Tabor
My Father, Earl Junior Tabor, was the Top Turret Gunner.

Info Contributor - Kurt L. Knutsen
Shown with Lt. Robert King, Bombardier. My Father, Steinar Knutsen, was the Co-Pilot with David E. Hicks, Pilot.

Info Contributor - Tom Brittan
Original aircraft. Named THE PRIDE OF THE 48 with a picture of the outline of the United States having a pin up girl in the centre. Next a circle was painted on containing a skull with a tuft of red hair and two six shooters and seven aces of spades underneath and it was named THE HARD WAY. This picture was covered with blue paint. In a communication dated 23 Jun 44 from 491st BG to 2nd BD, it is listed as having no name and its insignia is described as a plain blue circle. At that time, it was nicknamed BLUE BALLS. It was finally named THE HOMING PIGEON which, with artwork of a peak-capped pigeon riding a bomb, was painted on the nose. RCM installed. Repaired after engine caught fire on 26 Sep 44 while taxiing for take-off on a mission to Hamm. Returned 5 Jan 45 from BAD 2, Warton, Lancashire. Transferred from 854th BS to 852nd BS (3Q G) in Jan or Feb 45. RZI May 45 having completed 95 missions.

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