USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Gremlin's Haven
B-24D-85-CO 42-40653

5th Bomb Group, 394th Bomb Squadron

Gremlin's Haven

Based at Guadalcanal, this B24 Liberator took off on 28th September 1943 with the crew of Lt Frederick A Martus. It failed to return having been shot down into the sea near the Solomon Islands, killing all nine airmen on board. The crew were not officially listed as dead until 14th December 1945, under the category of "Service Personnel Not Recovered". Some reports indicate that this aircraft may have been assigned to 868th Bomb Squadron but this unit was not activated until January 1944, two months after it was lost.


© Ray Bowden 9 August 2022