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BEFORE AND AFTER PAGE 6
98th BOMB GROUP
BA6 #1 41-23782 BOILER MAKER II
BA6 #1a Shot down in Rumania on the 1AUG43 Ploesti mission.
BA6 #1b Recovered and rebuilt by the Rumanians.
BA6 #1c A fiery ending, cause unknown, but the props aren't bent and the main gear is extended; it looks like a refuelling accident or possibly strafed and burned.
BA6 #2 B-24D HADLEY'S HAREM 41-24311
BA6 #2a The forward fuselage of HADLEY'S HAREM in the Turkish Aviation Museum after recovery from the Mediterranean where it ditched on 01 August 1943 on return from the infamous Ploesti raid.
BA6 #2b Obviously the museum holds more of the aircraft in store as this is an earlier photo showing how it was originally displayed
BA6 #3 B-24D HAIL COLUMBIA 41-11825. This was originally the Group Commander's aircraft and assigned to the 344th BS, later transferred to the 343rd.
BA6 #3b After a change of squadron it was renamed GRUMPY.
BA6 #3c The cap on the photo says it all. Another victim of the Ploesti raid. The name was resurrected for the mission.
BA6 #4 B-24D JERSEY JACKASS 41-11776. The left side had JERSEY JERKS, later replaced by BASHFUL.
BA6 #4a All that remained of JERSEY JACKASS after its crash in Romania with a 389th BG crew on......yep, 1 August 1943.
BA6 #5 B-24D KICKAPOO 41-11768
BA6 #5a On take off for the Ploesti mission, KICKAPOO lost an engine, hit a telephone pole and crashed on the airfield over-run.
BA6 #5b All that remained after the fire
BA6 #6 B-24D LIL JOE 41-11886
BA6 #6a The wreckage of LIL JOE after the Ploesti raid.
BA6 #7 B-24D PENNY'S FROM HEAVEN 41-11918
BA6 #7a This wasn't the end for PENNY's, the aircraft continuing on until declared War Weary in November 1945!
BA6 #8 B-24D SHANGHAI LIL 41-11767
BA6 #8a LIL went to Gura for repairs after this landing accident.
BA6 #8b During the repair LIL was repainted and the spelling changed
BA6 #9 B-24H 42-50413 in its natural element.
BA6 #9a After a landing accident at Lecce, Italy on 13 August 1944.
BA6 #10 B-24D 42-40316 SNAKE EYES - SHOOT YOU'RE FADED
BA6 #10a After crash landing in Sicily on the return from the Ploesti mission
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