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B-24 - D - CO - "Malicious" - SN 41-11603 - 1942 - Port /Left Side : Aircraft's name and HALPRO's RCL, 22, changed to, 46, after transfer to the 9th Air Force - the 376th Bomb Group - and the 513th Bomb Squadron. Lost Jan 31, 1943. ITA - MACR 3304 - Pilot John M. Toomey (KIA). - 513th Bomb Squadron

Info Contributor - Al Blue
SSGT Harold R. Vasquez, Armorer/Gunner of the Sanders Crew. Richard Sanders was the pilot of the B-24D, "Malicious". He was destined to become the youngest general since George Armstrong Custer. Visible in the photo is the ring-and-bead gun sight mounted in front of the pilot for firing the fixed machine guns mounted in the lower nose of all the original HALPRO B-24s. Another unique feature of the HALPRO ships are the blue undersurfaces, rather than standard AAF gray, is realistically represented in this photo. Capt. Ralph S. Royce was the Assistant Engineering Officer of HALPRO.

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  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 376th Bomb Group

    376th Bomb Group

    Group
    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...

  • 513th Bomb Squadron
  • Halverson Detachment

    Halverson Detachment

    Detachment
    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. ...

Aircraft

  • 41-11603 Malicious

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator bomber, 41-11603, MALICIOUS, was one of 23 B-24 Liberators assigned to the Halverson Detachment (HALPRO), which departed the U.S. in May, 1942, to join the 10th Air Force in the China, Burma, India (CBI) Theatre of operations. The...

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15 August 2021 04:31:25 Kickapoo Changes to caption
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Best Web - B-24 - SN # 41-11603 - 'Malicious' - Ralph Royce

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Best Web - B-24 - SN # 41-11603 - 'Malicious' - Ralph Royce

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12 February 2021 10:41:17 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
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