USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Kentucky Colonel
B-24J-90-CF 44-44226

Kentucky Colonel Naming ceremony at Louisville, 12 October 1944
Naming ceremony at Louisville, 12 October 1944

Originally built in the Consolidated Fort Worth Plant, this was the 1000th B24 Liberator to pass through the Louisville Kentucky Modification Center. Prior to the naming ceremony there the aircraft was inscribed with the signatures of dozens of workers from the plant. Transferred into the RAF it was given a serial number of KH355 and delivered to Dorval in Canada on 23rd October 1944.

Ferried to India, it arrived at Mauripur on 6th November and was assigned to 1673 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) and later converted for DDT spraying (against malaria) and service with 1354 Flight on 18th March 1945.

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