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B-24 Liberator, # 41-11825, Col. John R. Kane's chosen aircraft, 'Hail Columbia'. For the Ploesti Mission, Kane named the plane, 'Hail Columbia' again and also had the 'Hail Columbia' painted on the right side of the forward fuselage. The bomber had previously been named, painted, and known as 'Little Chief Big Dog' and 'Grumpy' from the plane 'Snow White' and the seven dwarfs. This photo shows the four extra .50 cal. fixed guns installed in the lower nose positions for flak gun suppression on the Ploesti mission, Sunday, Aug. 1, 1943. 'Hail Columbia' was heavily hit by flak rounds approaching and over it's target, White IV, having it's #4 engine destroyed and two others damaged - Crash landed at Nicosia, Cyprus, and was a write off.



  • 9th Air Force
  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...


  • 41-11825 Hail Columbia, Grumpy, Little Chief Big Dog

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft originally served in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bomb Squadron as 'HAIL COLUMBIA'. It was 344th's CO Col. John R. Kane's personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb Group CO and turned it over to Herman ...


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