UPL 38533

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The B-24D, The Blue Streak, was one of the original aircraft in the Halverson Project (Halpro) airplanes, which were originally intended to be used to bomb Japan from bases on the China coast. Instead, the detachment remained in the Middle East and opened the USAAF's air campaign against the German held oil refineries with the first mission to Ploesti, Romania, made at high altitude. But that first mission had little effect on the target. June, 1942 The Halpro Detachment formed the first provisional bomb group in the MTO, joined by B-17Es from Asia. That unit, then, formed the first cadre of the 376th Bomb Group from the U.K. activated in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, 1942. The aircraft's personal markings evolved with it's various assignments. It's names included : Florine Juju, 10 Liberandos, and The Blue Streak 71. The aircraft survived its combat tour with 110 total missions and was returned to the United States for a war bond tour, starting in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1944-45 flown by Lt. John S. Young and a relief crew, Lt. Royden LeBrecht's plane, The Squaw, and his crew, and the B-24D, Bomerang, was flown by Col. Walter Stewart and crew. 1944

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Units

  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Ninth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18065717 / O-725567
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Pilot

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Anatomy Of A Disaster - Gen. Hoyt S. Brandenberg ---- Into The Fire - Duane Schultz ---- John S. Young, Jr. - personal archives

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Al Blue, THE B-24 LIBERATOR.
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Typo

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AAM associated image of #10, HALPRO.

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John S Young Jr - personal archives

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Best Web - B-24 - 'The Blue Streak'

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613 - THE BLUE STREAK

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Black Sunday - Michael Hill

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Best Web - B-24 - 41-11613 - The Blue Streak - Teggie Ann

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John S. Young - Personal Archive