NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

SERIAL #

AF

BG

BS

SC RCL/# V#-P

PHOTO CREDITS

PURPLE SHAFT

B

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24

H

-

10

-

CF 42-64489

15

456

746

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48 02-2 DONALD R. MARTIN

Starboard (Right) Side - Reverse Side of Photo
Renamed to MUCH WAMPUM after Transfer from 456/746 (#48) to 451/725
Lost 24 Apr 45, ITA - MACR 16457 - Pilot Kendall K. Fish
Featured in "The Black Suitcase Mystery"

Contributor - Roy J. Firestone

Info Contributor - Reed Litcher
Shown with Pilot Douglas C. Richards (standing far right) and my Father, John F. Litcher (Gunner, kneeling 3rd from left). He flew 52 missions, being shot down on the final one and was taken prisoner until liberated by Russians. The photo was a publicity piece when the PURPLE SHAFT had a piece of munitions pass through the plane but not explode creating a very large hole. No one was seriously injured and the news story was picked up to be a happy story for the home front.

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