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B-24D - The Blue Streak - 41-11613. - Lt. John S. Young and the famous B-24D Liberator bomber, The Blue Streak, were sent on a war bond tour of America after Young's last combat mission, which was to Ploesti, Romania. 1 Aug 43. The Blue Streak, was assigned to Capt. Young for the tour. Lt. Royden LeBrecht brought his airplane, The Squaw, and his crew, back to the U.S. for the tour, along with Col. Walter Stewart and his crew, flying the B-24D, Bomerang. Lt. Young's regular airplane, Kickapoo, crashed and burned on takeoff on the Ploesti mission, killing all but two of it's replacement crew, including Young's fellow pilot and friend, Lt. Robert Nespor. Col. John R. Kane's personal airplane, Hail Columbia, that he and John Young flew on the Ploesti mission, was heavily damaged over Ploesti. Col. Kane and Lt. Young crashed landed in the dark after running over a ditch the British had dug close to one of Nicosia Air Base's runways' thresholds, destroying, Hail Columbia, at Nicosia, Cyprus, after the mission. The Blue Streak, became famous to many Americans who saw it on it's war bond tour in 1944, and it was made into a popular model airplane by the Revell Model Company, even though it did not fly on the Ploesti mission. 1 August 1943.



  • John Young

    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 ...


  • 41-11613 - Florine JuJu - Liberandos - Teggie Ann - The Blue Streak

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D, 41-11613, that was in the 376th Bomb Group, had several names : Florine JuJu - The Blue Streak - Liberandos - Teggie Ann. It should not be mistaken for another B-24D Liberator bomber, 42-40664, also named, Teggie Ann, which was flown on the...


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28 December 2021 23:39:15 Kickapoo Changes to caption and person associations

Over The Target - The Air Force Magazine - Capt. John S. Young

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28 December 2021 23:26:45 Kickapoo Changes to caption

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

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20 November 2021 09:58:10 Kickapoo Changes to caption and aircraft associations

Black Sunday - Ploesti - Michael Hill

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21 July 2021 14:32:43 Kickapoo Created entry with collection, caption and person associations

Personal Collection - John S Young Jr