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  B-25H-1 "Barbie II" Serial Number 43-4???  
USAAF
10th AF
1st Air Commando Group

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February 21, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by North American. USAAF serial number unknown, but presumed to be 43-4???. Assigned to the 10th Air Force, 1st Air Commando Group, to pilot Lt. Col. R. T. Smith who nicknamed the aircraft "Barbie II" after his wife.

Painted light olive drab over neutral gray lower surfaces. The fuselage had five diagonal white stripes (1st Air Commando Group markings).

Wartime History
During a combat mission on February 21, 1944 the nose machine gun access hatch flipped upward and ripped off in flight. Returning, this aircraft was damaged and written off. B-25H "Barbie III" 43-4380 replaced it.

References
Thanks to Jim Lansdale for additional information

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January 1, 2014

 

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