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  B-24D-30-CO "The Green Hornet" Serial Number 42-40101  
7th AF
11th BG
98th BS

Former Assignments
333rd BG
468th BS

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego. Constructors Number 1178. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24D-30-CO Liberator serial number 42-40101. Assigned to the 333rd Bombardment Group, 468th Bombardment Squadron.

In January 1943, assigned to 2nd Lt. Herbert T. Kurz at Topeka Airfield in Kansas. A month later, at Hamilton Field, this B-24 was nicknamed "The Green Hornet" below the cockpit in white paint. Assigned to the 7th Air Force, 11th Bombardment Group, 98th Bombardment Squadron.

The regular crew consisted of:
Pilot  2nd Lt. Herbert T. Kurz
Co-Pilot  2nd Lt. Kensel E. Clutter
Navigator  2nd Lt. William R. Doxaras
Bombardier  2nd Lt. Frank J. Washburn
Engineer  TSgt Dennis S. Lodge
Radio  TSgt Delbert Y. Erickson
Asst Engineer  SSgt John E. Harmon
Asst Radio  SSgt William E. Richards
Gunner  SSgt Owen T. Wilson
Armour/Gunner  SSgt Max G. MacFarlane

During March 1943 at Hickam Field modified at the Hawaiian Air Depot (HAD) moving the tail turret to the nose and adding antennas, giving it the appearance of a B-24J.

During April 1943, operated from Funafuti Airfield for missions against Nauru and Tarawa.

In July or August 1943, this B-24 was removed from combat as war weary. On December 15, 1945 officially condemned for salvage. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

George Kurz (son of Herbert T. Kurz)
"My father was the original pilot of 'The Green Hornet'. He just turned 90, and I still would have confidence in him to get in the pilot's seat of that aircraft and fly it today. (He is in excellent physical and mental condition.)."

The Green Horney (s# 42-40101) by George Kurz
LIFE Magazine "The Green Hornet" Issue 26, June 1944, page 60-61 painting by Paul Sample a Life Magazine combat artist depicting the B-24 at Midway Airfield in early 1943
Thanks to George Kurz and Pete Johnson for additional information

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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