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
Constituted as 376th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 19 Oct 1942 and activated in Palestine on 31 Oct. Began combat immediately, using B-24 aircraft. Operated with Ninth AF from bases in the Middle East, Nov 1942-Sep 1943, and with Twelfth AF from Tunisia...
HALPRO or the Halverson Detachement was a group of 23 B-24 Liberators originally destined to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India Theatre of operations.
Military | Major | B-24 Command Pilot
Lt. John S. Young was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Bored with college at SMU in Dallas, and knowing the country was headed for war, he joined the Army Air Force early in 1941 and began training as an aviation cadet. He was known as "Johnny" and ...