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1st Air Commando Group
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25H-1 Mitchell serial number 43-4380. Ferried oversea to China-Burma-India (CBI).
Assigned to the 10th Air Force, 1st Air Commando Group, Headquarters Squadron, to pilot Lt. Col. R. T. Smith who nicknamed the aircraft "Barbie III" after his wife, replacing his prior aircraft, B-25H "Barbie II".
Painted light olive drab over neutral gray lower surfaces. The fuselage had five diagonal white stripes (1st Air Commando Group markings) and an additional piece of armor plate was added to the left side of the cockpit.
Tape was required over the edges of the plate because of an aerodynamic anomaly that caused a whistling sound inside the cockpit, and tape fixed the problem. This tape was white in color initially, then over painted with olive drab by Weber.
At one time, bomb markings indicating combat missions were painted onto this armor plate, but later they were over painted or removed. Regular crew members included pilot Lt. Col. R. T. Smith, navigator Lt. Wes Weber, crew chief and top turret Chuck Baisden.
According to B-25 crew chief and top turret Gunner, Chuck Baisden on one mission:
Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
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