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WOOD'S CHOPPER

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FO 42-7750

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449 718 ~ 35 00-2 N/A

Starboard (Right) Side

Contributor - Brendan Wood

Info Contributor - Don Shepherd
Delivered to Bruning,
Nebraska, 20 Oct 43, and assigned to J. W. Wood's crew.
WOOD'S CHOPPER was lost 2 Jul 44 when it crashed, just short of the runway four miles north of it's home base, out of fuel, at Grottaglie with Kirkland's crew aboard. It returned, damaged from a mission to Budapest, Hungary, with 3 KIA.
The original nose art showed an ax descending upon the neck of "Tojo". The already severed head of "Hitler" is seen to the right and in April, 1944, a Wing inspector ordered that the caricatures of "Tojo and Hitler" be painted over. The reason... "To avoid offending the enemy"!

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