NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

SERIAL #

AF

BG

BS

SC RCL/# V#-P

PHOTO CREDITS

RELUCTANT DRAGON

TB

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24

E

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25

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FO

42-7286

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 PAT EVANS

"Training Bomber"

Contributor - Chuck Evans
My Father Pat Evans (knelling, center) was a Ball Turret Gunner on MALE CALL. He flew on RELUCTANT DRAGON for a few missions until he got back with MALE CALL.

Info Contributor - Grove C. Johnson (Pilot)
I slowed the big bird to minimum speed, then asked for flaps. The Co-Pilot evidently didn't hear, for he didn't respond. About fifty feet above the ground, the airplane stopped flying and assumed the angle of a rock. It hit on its main gear and tail. A quick inspection at the end of the runway revealed the rear section of the airplane so wrinkled that it resembled a prune. Since she had no name, the commander permitted me to name her, which I did - the RELUCTANT DRAGON. She had so precariously dragged her tail on the ground.

Info Contributor - Tom Brittan
Used for training before departure for England. Those large "Last Three Digits" of the serial number on the nose, invariably identify a plane as a training aircraft, in the U.S.A.

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