UPL 19796


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P-38J Lightning 42-104075 field modified to 'Droop Snoot' * configuration and retained by Operational Engineering. Coded Q3-B. Nose art - Caricature of a crow with telescope dropping bomb, on a white circle. * The 'Droop Snoot' field conversion entailed the removal of the nose armament and associated equipment to make room for a prone bombardiers position with the installation of a plexiglass nose, a Norden bombsight, side windows and an emergency hatch. The theory was for a formation of P-38's to drop their bombs on the formation lead 'Droop snoots' signal with the precision of the Norden bombsight ensuring the accuracy of the formations bombing. An idea championed by Lt Col Cass Hough and Lt Col Dan Ostrander.


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Lieutenant Colonel Hough sits in the cockpit of a P-47 Thunderbolt of the 495th Fighter Training Group. Image stamped with press censor 3 August 1943. Printed caption on reverse: ' ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO SHOWS: Lt. Col. Hough seated in the cockpit of a P-47 Thunderbolt: the tail assembly in the background belongs to a P-38 Lightning.'
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Eighth Air Force
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Deputy Commander
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: Headquarters (Eighth Air Force)
  • Service Numbers: O-20697
  • Highest Rank: Major General
  • Role/Job: Ordnance and Armament Officer


A P-38 Lightning nicknamed "Droop Snoot".
  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Nicknames: Droop Snoot
  • Unit: Base Air Depot 3



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