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The Little Gramper

B-24D-90-CO #42-40722 The Little Gramper, assembly ship of the 491st BG, Medfield, June 1944. Originally the aircraft served with the 567th BS / 389th BG, in which as B- it took part in the ‘Tidal Wave’ operation (the attack on the Romanian Ploiesti Oil Refinery complex). Next the aircraft was part of the 566th BS / 389th BG, and flew as B+ and then RR●B+. In general the aircraft carried out 52 combat sorties with ‘The Sky Scorpions’ until May 1944. On 15th May 1944 the aircraft was transferred to the 491st BG where it was lightened by removing the armament and unimportant equipment. The aircraft was painted deep yellow with red polka dots and designated to become an assembly aircraft. The Little Gramper in its new role as assembly ship served for only two months, and was replaced by one of the group’s war-weary B-24Js, Rage In Heaven.