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  P-38L-5-LO "Double Bourbon" Serial Number 44-25239  
6th AF
32nd FG
51st FS

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Karr c44-45

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 6th Air Force, 36th Fighter Group, 51st Fighter Squadron "Battlin’ Billygoats". This aircraft had a bare aluminum finish. Nicknamed "Double Bourbon" with the nose art of a billy goat with boxing gloves inside a circle. Crew chief MSgt Arbon E. Karr. Operated from Howard Field in Panama. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Colby Karr (grandson of Arbon E. Karr)
"My grandfather Master Sergeant Arbon E. Karr a native of Fort Worth, Texas shipped off to basic in Gulfport Mississippi and then Pratt and Whitney school in Hartford Connecticut. He then was sent to Miami, Florida. Where he boarded a C-47 that was bound for Panama via Cuba and other islands. They lost an engine on the way and he along with other crew chiefs replaced the engine in Cuba. He was stationed at Howard Field in Panama in the C.Z. (Canal Zone). He was initially assigned to the 32nd Fighter Squadron which was the “Slobberin Wolfhounds” and then reassigned to a new Fighter Squadron which was initially subordinate to the 32nd and then later was a fully operational Twin Engine fighter squadron, the 51st Fighter Squadron “Battlin’ Billygoats”.

I grew up listening to his tales of WWII, stories of P-38s and P-39s, and listening to stories about his buddies and life around the canal. He was a pack rat so to speak and kept everything…including his footlocker which was full a time capsule when I found it. He took a lot of photos and I have some unbelievable pictures of Howard Field and nose art on the LB-30s and some of the B-17s. We lost him in 2007, but not before I got to interview him. I have amassed a lot of information on this FS and 6th A.F. in general, my grandfathers artifacts have been on exhibit at a local WWII museum as of late. I am more than glad to help and contribute in any way I can."

Thanks to Colby Karr for additional information

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Last Updated
September 25, 2018


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