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Aircraft History
Built by Curtiss-Wright at St. Louis, MO. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art.

Wartime History
This aircraft operated from Fenton Airfield. and was "owned" by Lt. Shoupe of the 90th Bombardment Group, 319th Bombardment Squadron. On June 30, 1943, destroyed on the ground during the Japanese bombing raid against the airfield, burning the entire center section.

The Best in the Southwest: The 380th Bomb Group in World War II page 44
"30 June 1943 - Japanese bombing of Fenton: The Japanese carpet bombed the airfield at 1231 hrs and destroyed four aircraft [3 B-24's] and a Curtis Wright CW21B Falcon "owned" by 319th pilot Lt. Shoupe."
Darwin's Air War page 114 (details of Japanese strike on 30 June 1943
Thanks to Keith Hopper, Richard Dunn and Edward Rogers for additional information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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