NAME TP - M# SER - BLK - MF

SERIAL #

AF

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PHOTO CREDITS

SHIRLEY JEAN

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24

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30

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FO 42-95397 15 449 716 ~ 68 00-5 GEORGE DITZHAZY

2nd Nose Art - Late Tail Markings

Contributor - Russell Barber
My Uncle, George Ditzhazy, was a Photographer.

Info Contributor - Mark Coffee
The 449th books state there were two, but I had decided a while back that there was only one SHIRLEY JEAN. The two nose arts would have played into the theory of there being two, but it was primarily predicated on the Morrison crew being shot down in SHIRLEY JEAN #1 on 28 Feb 45. However, the Morrison crew flew #72, 42-95225 on 28 Feb and made a precautionary landing at Zara and the aircraft later returned. I knew 42-95397 was on the ferry list to Gioia on 29 Apr 45 and I had continuity of s/n references since its arrival in June 44. 42-95397 was flown overseas by the Cunningham crew and named for Cunningham’s girlfriend.

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