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This 490th Bomb Group B-24 is in the process of being brought up to operational status for the next mission. Bombs have been "dropped" off unto the ground for loading into the open bomb bays. They also make handy bike stands. Deicer boots on the leading edge of the wings have been removed for summer flying. Flown by Lt. Thomas Keyes, the crew were the 13th assigned to the 490th BG. As a result, they covered the nose of 'The Jinx' with numerous 'bad luck' symbols in an attempt at reverse psychology on good old 'lady luck'. On the opposite side of the nose was a wonderful huge piece of art of a fluffy black cat. It must have worked as this plane survived the war, and was only broken up for scrap in May 1945. Pictured here being prepared for another mission June 1944, at Hardstand No.37 looking north. Hanger No.2 can be seen the far distance of the plane's left.
Brown, Mark H. USAFA