There were two similarly named B24s assigned to 380th Bomb Group but the earlier aircraft, although incorporating a similar dishevelled girl, is painted in a style unlike any of Ebbeson's other works and is believed to be by another, unknown, artist. Based on a magazine pinup, Ebbeson painted a superbly modelled figure with intricate detail and once again he used a circle of solid colour to pick out the figure from the silver metal background.
This B24 was equipped with the latest electronic countermeasures equipment, code named "Raven". A late arrival to the Pacific war, this "Raven" Liberator flew several missions with different crews during the period April to August 1945 and survived hostilities. It returned to the USA to be scrapped at the end of October 1945.
© Ray Bowden 1 December 2023