Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last Flight of the Strawberry Bitch

The B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber used in World War II. It was built in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft in history, amazingly considering that it was one of the largest and most complex World War II aircraft. In May 1959, the B-24D Strawberry Bitch, having been prepared for display at Davis Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona, was flown to the U.S. Air Force's museum at Dayton, Ohio, where it has been displayed ever since. The Strawberry Bitch saw combat in the Mediterranean theater and was restored in the configuration, colors and markings it wore during that time.

Dick was involved in preparing the Strawberry Bitch for its final ferry flight to the museum, and took several 6x9 cm photos of the final preparations. The black-and-white negatives have survived in better shape than the color transparencies, but people like color, so I have scanned and corrected the color shots for this post.

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