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First Sergeant


First SergeantFirst Sergeant

B-24D-30-CO #42-40127 First Sergeant, assembly ship of the 458th BG. Horsham St. Faith, February 1944. Originally the bomber was used by the 330th BS / 93rd BG as Thar She Blows with the individual call-letter B. Before the 1st August 1943 the aircraft was moved to the 329th BS, and its individual code-letter was changed to O. In February 1944 the aircraft was transferred to the 458th BG to become the group’s assembly aircraft and was marked as Z (for ‘Zebra forming aircraft’). A white disc with capital letter ‘K’ inside of it was painted above the letter Z. Initially the discriminating paint job of First Sergeant was to cover the whole front of the fuselage (from a ‘glasshouse’ up to the end of the front bomb bay) and wings upper surfaces. Note that the original scoreboard from Thar She Blows remained unchanged.


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