NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

SERIAL #

AF

BG

BS

SC RCL/# V#-P

PHOTO CREDITS

MISSOURI MAULER

B

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24

D

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20

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CF 42-63980 8 389 567 ~ Q- 00-3

N/A

Port (Left) Side - Renamed to PLAYMATE After Transfer to 801st BG

Contributor - Robert Livingstone

Info Contributor - Chris Gregg
Shown with Pilot Bruce Bilby and crew. Primary Pilot: Lewis Ellis. Arrived overseas 12 Oct 43 and flew first combat mission 3 Nov 43. Flew a total of 26 combat missions with the 389th BG. Transferred sometime between 16 Feb and 6 Mar 44.

Info Contributor - Tom Ensminger
Reassigned to the AF Composite Command in Feb 44 and flew with the 801st BG (H) (P) through Aug 44 and renamed PLAYMATE. The 801st BG was merged with the 492nd BG and she continued to fly, traveling to India and back from Nov 44 to Jan 45 on an OSS trip. Returning to Harrington in Jan 45, she continued to fly for the 492nd BG as a Carpetbagger plane, and finished out the war, still showing on a 6 Jul 45 inventory report. Probably flown back to the states and scrapped.

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