Aircraft


PHOTODESCRIPTION

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A-20 Douglas "Havoc"

A twin-engine, mid-wing, attack or light bomber (in British service this aircraft was known as the Boston)

    Specs for model DB-7B:
  • Crew: 2-3
  • Length: 47 ft
  • Wingspan: 61 ft
  • Range: 1050 mi


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A-26 Douglas "Invader"

A twin-engine, mid-wing, attack or medium bomber

    Specs for model A-26B-15-DL:
  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 50 ft
  • Wingspan: 70 ft
  • Range: 1400 mi


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B-17 Boeing "Flying Fortress"

A four-engine, low-wing, heavy bomber

    Specs for model B-17G:
  • Crew: 10
  • Length: 74 ft
  • Wingspan: 103 ft
  • Range: 2000 mi


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B-24 Consolidated "Liberator"

A four-engine, mid-wing, twin-fin, heavy bomber.

    Specs for model B-24J
  • Crew: 11
  • Length: 67 ft
  • Wingspan: 110 ft
  • Range: 2100 mi


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B-25 North American "Mitchell"

A twin-engine, mid-wing, twin-fin, medium bomber.

    Specs for model B-25J:
  • Crew: 6
  • Length: 52 ft
  • Wingspan: 67 ft
  • Range: 1350 mi


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B-26 Martin "Marauder"

A twin-engine, mid-wing, medium bomber.

    Specs for model B-26G
  • Crew: 7
  • Length: 58 ft
  • Wingspan: 71 ft
  • Range: 1150 (combat), 2850 mi (ferry)


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C-46 Curtis "Commando"

A twin-engine, mid-wing, cargo and troop transport.

  • Crew: 4
  • Length: 76 ft
  • Wingspan: 108 ft
  • Range: 2950 mi


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C-47 Douglas "Skytrain"

A twin-engine, low-wing, cargo and troop transport (the British called it the "Dakota").

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 63 ft
  • Wingspan: 95 ft
  • Range: 1600 mi


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F-3

A photo-reconnaissance version of the A-20 Havoc


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F-5

A photo-reconnaissance version of the P-38 Lightning


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F-6

A photo-reconnaissance version of the P-51 Mustang


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L-1 Stinson "Vigilant"

A light, two-place, single-engine. high-wing, liaison and observation plane

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 34 ft
  • Wingspan: 50 ft
  • Range: 280 mi


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L-4 Piper "Cub"

A light, two-place, single-engine, high-wing, liaison and observation plane.

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 22 ft
  • Wingspan: 35 ft
  • Range: 220 mi


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L-5 Stinson "Sentinel"

A light, two-place, single-engine, high-wing, liaison and observation plane

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 24 ft
  • Wingspan: 34 ft


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P-38 Lockheed "Lightning"

A twin-engine, twin-tail boom, twin-fin, mid-wing, fighter with the pilot's cockpit centered between the twin-tail booms

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 37 ft
  • Wingspan: 52 ft
  • Range: 1300 mi


photo source: Air Force Historical Research Agency
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P-39 Bell "Aircobra"

A single-engine, low-wing, fighter with the engine behind the pilot.

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 30 ft
  • Wingspan: 34 ft
  • Range: 525 mi


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P-40 Curtis "Warhawk"

A single-engine, low-wing fighter

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 31 ft
  • Wingspan: 37 ft
  • Range: 650 mi


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P-47 Republic "Thunderbolt"

A single-engine, mid-wing fighter

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 36 ft
  • Wingspan: 40 ft
  • Range: 800 mi


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P-51 North American "Mustang"

A single-engine, low-wing fighter.

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 32 ft
  • Wingspan: 37 ft
  • Range: 1650 mi


photo source: Air Force Historical Research Agency
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P-61 Northrup "Black Widow"

twin-engine night fighter

  • Crew: 2-3
  • Length: 49 ft
  • Wingspan: 66 ft
  • Range: 610 mi (combat), 1900 mi (ferry)


photo source: Air Force Historical Research Agency
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UC-64A Noorduyn "Norseman"

A single engine, high wing, utility transport.

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 32 ft
  • Wingspan: 51 ft
  • Range: 932 mi

Assembly aircraft

Assembly Ships, also known as Formating Aircraft or 'Judas Goats', were used [mostly] by the B-24 groups of the Eighth Air Force 2nd Air Division, whose airfields were concentrated around Norwich, Norfolk. The combination of new, inexperienced crews attempting to cope with precise formation procedures in crowded skies and often poor weather led to ships joining up with the wrong group and a high level of accidents. In 1943 the idea was conceived of issuing each B-24 group with a dedicated Assembly Ship. A war-weary B-24 was painted in a distinctive scheme unique to each Group, with additional lights in a group pattern, and armament generally removed. The assembly ship, flown by a minimal crew, was first off, and flew an orbit around the assembly area while the group formed up, the crew firing colored flares.
(source: Michael Chilestone)
PHOTODESCRIPTION

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Assembly ship of the 379th BG

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B-17F Flying Fortress
SPOTTED COW
384th Bomb Group / 547th Bomb Squadron
RAF Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire
1943

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B-24D Liberator
BARBER BOB
93rd Bomb Group / 328th Bomb Squadron
RAF Hardwick, Norfolk
Feb-May 1943

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B-24D Liberator
FEARLESS FREDDIE
446rd Bomb Group / 704th Bomb Squadron
RAF Bungay, Suffolk
Dec 1943-Apr 1945

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B-24D Liberator
GREEN DRAGON
389th Bomb Group / 566th Bomb Squadron
RAF Hethel, Norfolk
Feb-Jul 1944

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B-24D Liberator
LITTLE GRAMPER

491st Bomb Group / 852nd Bomb Squadron
RAF North Pickenham, Norfolk
Feb 1944-Jul 1945

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B-24D Liberator
MINERVA
392nd Bomb Group / 579th Bomb Squadron
RAF Wendling, Norfolk
1944-1945

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B-24D Liberator
PETE THE POM INSPECTOR
467th Bomb Group / 790th Bomb Squadron
RAF Rackheath, Norfolk
Mar-Oct 1944

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B-24D Liberator
READY AND WILLING
466th Bomb Group / 784th Bomb Squadron
RAF Attlebridge, Norfolk
Mar 1944-Apr 1945

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B-24D Liberator
STRIPED APE
448th Bomb Group / 712th Bomb Squadron
RAF Seething, Norfolk
Oct 1944-Feb 1945

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B-24D Liberator
THAR SHE BLOWS AGAIN
93rd Bomb Group / 329th Bomb Squadron
RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk
24 Mar 1944

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B-24D Liberator
WHAM BAM
453rd Bomb Group / 735th Bomb Squadron
RAF Old Buckenham, Norfolk
Jan-Apr 1945

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B-24H Liberator
LIL COOKIE
489th Bomb Group / 845th Bomb Squadron
RAF Halesworth, Suffolk
Apr-Nov 1944

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B-24H Liberator
SPOTTED ASS APE
458th Bomb Group / 754th Bomb Squadron
RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk
May 1944-Mar 1945,?

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