Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group. Next assigned to the 43rd Bomb Group as a "Fat Cat" (transport), it was named after B-24D "Big Chief Cockeye" 42-40351.
Larry Hickey adds:
"I don't have good details on its history. I'll have to see if we track it in the 43rd as a "Fat Cat." It doens't have a listing in our Planes, Pilots, and CC for the 403rd BS / 43rd BG. I don't really have a quick reference to a serial number for it, as I'm sure that it never served in the 38th BG under the name Little Chief Cockeye, only in the 43rd BG. It very well could have been ex-38th, and was transferred out to the 43rd BG for Fat Cat duties when it's combat days were over."
Later assigned to the 360th Serivce Group, CRTC School (Far East Air Force - Combat Replacement Training Center) based at Nadzab Airfield flying training missions in the New Guinea area during 1944.
Lee Brown adds:
"I am not sure that we flew in this airplane but chances are good that we did; probably on a training flight to Wewak in mid-1944."
Scrapped at Dobodura Airfield sometime around 1947.
Thanks to Larry Hickey / IHRA and Aerothentic for additional information.
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February 17, 2018