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B-24D - HAIL COLUMBIA, 41-11825. This was originally the 98th Bomb Group Commander John R. Kane's airplane with the first nose art he had painted on it's nose, it's name, HAIL COLUMBIA, in block letters on both sides of it's forward nose section.



  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...


  • 41-11825 - Hail Columbia - Little Chief Big Dog - Grumpy

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, Hail Columbia, 41-11825, was assigned to the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, and the 344th Bombing Squadron. It was first assigned to the 344th Squadron's CO, Col. John R. Kane's, personal aircraft until Kane became the 98th Bomb Group's...


Date Contributor Update
20 July 2021 10:52:41 Kickapoo Changes to caption and mission associations

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Date Contributor Update
10 January 2021 09:41:21 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Removed associated people and aircraft who are not depicted in this image. Associations should be made in the aircraft record.

Date Contributor Update
10 January 2021 00:37:10 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

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