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Kitsworld Kitsworld B24D Liberator CBI - Europe - 1/72 Scale Decal Sheet KW172032 B24D Liberator

Kitsworld B24D Liberator CBI - Europe - 1/72 Scale Decal Sheet
KW172032 B24D Liberator

B24D 'Doodlebug' - 41-24223 373 BS, 308 BG
B24D 'Screamin Mimi' - 42-40997 565 BS, 389 BG

Doodlebug, Bomb Squadron. Probably the 308th aircraft with the most Hump flights. In addition to the eleven bomb mission symbols and the ten Jap flags (aircraft shot down), 'Doodlebug had 120 snow-capped mountain symbols stenciled on her, representing 120 trips over the HUMP!
The 308th... performed some of the most accurate bombing of the US Army Air Forces and used the first American smart bomb called the Azon. The 308th also sustained the highest casualty rate in the USAAF, for its missions were long and hard, often conducted at very low level and at night through the very heart of Japanese-occupied territory and over their controlled sea lanes.

The 308th flew nearly 600 combat missions under conditions that would have been deemed impossible in Europe. At the end of a 12,000-mile supply line, every ounce of gasoline,
every bomb, every spark plug, had to be dragged over the hazardous, high altitude route across the mountains, along what became known as the Aluminum Trail for the plane
wreckage scattered along the way. There were few radio or navigational aids, and the weather was usually bad. Midway through the war, crew viewed combat missions as less
stressful than the haul over the Hump. It took about four trips hauling supplies to be ready for one bombing mission.

When the Army Air Force Headquarters in Washington tallied the bombing accuracy of every bomb group in combat, I was astonished to find that the 308th led them all.

B-24D-120-CO Liberator s/n 42-40997 'Screamin' Mimi' 565th BS, 389th BG, 8th AF.
Modified to become a Carpetbagger (492nd BG / 856th BS) in Feb 44, and as a B-24 DSA, renamed'The WORRY BIRD'. Lost 27 Apr 44 when it hit a hill near the DZ, crashed (broke into four main parts), andcaught fire at St-Cyr-de-Valorges, in the Loire Department, France - MACR 4307

Stock code: KW172032


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