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  P-61A-1-NO "Black Widder / Moonhappy" Serial Number 42-5527  
USAAF
7th AF
6th NFS

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1943

Aircraft History
Built by Northrop at Hawthorne, CA. constructors number 753, completed February 13, 1944 and it was delivered to the Army on Feburary 14, 1944. The aircraft was flown to the Sacramento Air Depot arriving February 25, 1944 and transferred to Oakland for overseas deployment on March 2, 1944. The plane left the U.S. by transport on April 7, 1944 for Hawaii.

In Hawaii, assigned to the 7th Air Force, 6th Night Fighter Squadron and was received on Apirl 21, 1944 at Honolulu Airfield (John Rodgers Airfield). Dropped from inventory and scrapped on August 31, 1945. Nose art was painted by Sgt. Leroy Miozzi. Nicknamed "Moonhappy".

The original crew included: (Pilot) Lt. Dale Haberman, (Radio) F/O Raymond P. Mooney and (Gunner) Sgt. Patrick J. Farrelly. The aircraft and crew were credited with four kills: 1 “Betty” on 6/30/44 (first P-61 kill of the war), 1 “Betty” on 7/14/44, and 2 “Betty’s” on 12/25/44. Condemned on August 31, 1945.

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January 9, 2018

 

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